Grands travaux is set in the Institute Anneessens-Funck, a Dutch-speaking vocational school in the centre of Brussels where young students have come to learn a trade. The film both documents and stages that which gives shape to their lives: the practical assignments and classes at school, football, the oscillation of their love lives, as well as the ongoing search for housing and employment. Depicting daily life within the school walls, Grands travaux also aims to sketch an image of Brussels today, placing its youngsters at the very centre.
Directors & writers: Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes
With: Mohamud Mohamed Abdi, Ahmadou Oury Barry, Mamadou Diallo, Achmed Xussein
Producer: Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE)
Co-producer: Beursschouwburg, Zéro de conduite, Scio Productions
In Association with: Eyeworks
Photography: Olivia Rochette
Editor: Dieter Diependaele
Sound: Gerard-Jan Claes, Ingrid Simon, Sabrina Camels, Thomas Gauder
With the support of: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Beursschouwburg, Le Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie - VGC, The Belgian Tax Shelter for Film Financing
Kunstenfestivaldearts (Brussels, 2016)
International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, 2017)
Docville (Belgium, 2017)
A publication on Grands travaux, written by Bjorn Gabriels, is available online in Dutch and English.
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