Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

Director's Statement

MAALBEEK is a journey into amnesic territory, in the immemorial memory of the attacks of the 22 March 2016 in Brussels.

The visual concept is based on a hybrid montage of archive images and 3D animation that work in tandem on the motif of fragmentation.

The animation of the film, made from real shots and then transformed by various technical processes, shows an inner landscape composed of exploded views of the metro station, as if the image of these memories had also been subjected to the physical shock of the explosion. These clouds of dots reflect the mental instability that runs through the main character's representation, sizzling, even uncertain. These layers of reality that persist throughout the animation help to immerse the spectator in the emotional experience of amnesia.

Director's Biography

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis is developing a "cinématière", a hybrid artistic practice that expands cinema to the field of contemporary art. His work questions technologies, memory, the virtual and explores the porous worlds of the image. His films have been selected and awarded in numerous international festivals (Cannes, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, BFI London, IDFA...). In 2020, his film MAALBEEK was selected at the Semaine de la Critique - Cannes and received the Bayard for best short film at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, the first prize in the national short film competition at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival.

Born in France in 1988, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis lives and works between Paris and Brussels.

2018 - SWATTED

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Written by: Perrine Prost, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Produced by: Pauline Seigland, Lionel Massol, Maxence Voiseux, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Jules Reinartz

Cinematography: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Pierre De Wurstemberger, Maël Delorme, Bérengère Gimenez, Nicolas Forero

Editing: Maël Delorme, Marianna Romano, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Original Score: Sergio Baietta

Sound: Martin Delzescaux, Lucas Masson

Animation: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Maël Delorme, Dorian Rigal, William Houel

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2021