Vu de l’extérieur

Seen from the Outside
With Vu de l'extérieur Lucile Desamory reflects on the possibilities of a distant view from inside one’s own culture. The inside is Belgium and its cultural codes. Consisting of a white box with a hidden entrance in the screen, only visible in some moments while the video is running, the installation creates a situation where inside and outside are obscured. The projection shows parts of the feature film Télé Réalité directed by Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, and Gustave Fundi: Three Congolese women are discussing a reality TV show they plan to produce in Belgium during carnival. When visitors enter the video screen, they find themselves in a secret chamber with a surveillance monitor. On it, strange characters evolve in the house where the brotherhood of the Blancs Moussis of Stavelot make and store tons and tons of confetti.

MESSAGES (gouache on paper, 2019), a painting shown in conjunction with the installation, displays conversations amongst the directors of the feature on long rolls of paper. Being based on different continents, they never met in person, but collaborated through messenger services and YouTube.
by Lucile Desamory
with Anton Sifu Kabala, Ornella Mubeka, Belord Mulopo, Rachel Vungbo, Tourst Tshipungidi, Ursile Mpaka, Esther Ngalula, Artur Castro Freire, Ruth Lehmann, Lionel Perrinjaquet, Lucile Desamory, Arnaud Liesse, Nikos Welter
Belgium / Democratic Republic of the Congo / Luxembourg 2016 Lingala, French 25’ Colour


  • Anton Sifu Kabala (Evelyne)
  • Ornella Mubeka (Niclèche)
  • Belord Mulopo (Journaliste)
  • Rachel Vungbo (Viviane)
  • Tourst Tshipungidi (Le petit)
  • Ursile Mpaka (Servante)
  • Esther Ngalula (Receptionniste)
  • Artur Castro Freire (The Green Head)
  • Ruth Lehmann (The Green Head)
  • Lionel Perrinjaquet (The Green Head)
  • Lucile Desamory (The Heap)
  • Ruth Lehmann (The Alien)
  • Arnaud Liesse (The Alien)
  • Nikos Welter (The Alien)


Director Lucile Desamory
In Cooperation with Gustave Fundi, Glodie Mubikay
Screenplay Damien Desamory
Cinematography Artur Castro Freire, Nikos Welter, Erick Kayembe
Editing Sophie Watzlawick
Music Nicholas Bussmann
Sound Design Nicholas Bussmann
Sound Caleb Kayeye
Production Design Lucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
Costumes Lucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
Producer Lucile Desamory
Co-Producer Glodie Mubikay

Produced by

Lucile Desamory

O2 Studios

Lucile Desamory

Lucile Desamory, born in 1977 in Brussels, Belgium, lives and works in Berlin. She is interested in the frontiers of perception, in the “too much,” the esoteric, the falsified – in the spurned narratives. She combines film, painting, drawing, embroidery, collage, and her voice into larger webs such as video installations, films, or performances. Many projects are collaborations. Her films and art works have been shown internationally.


2006 Countdown to Nothing; 10 min. 2007 Haut les Coeurs; 15 min. 2010 Dark Matter; 13 min. 2011 Foules (dans l’atelier de Christophe Berhault); 16 min. 2013 ABRACADABRA; 78 min. 2020 Télé Réalité; with Glodie Mubikay and Gustave Fundi, 88 min. 2019 Vu de l'extérieur; video installation, 25 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020