Hilde drives through a forest with her aunt’s ashes on the passenger seat, about to have an accident. She is a costume designer working for a reality TV show about Belgian carnival. The show is the brainchild of three Congolese women who sent Hawaly, a Burundian show-runner, to Belgium for the preparations. The two women spend weeks traveling around Belgium by car. Hilde seems to have her life under control, yet little by little, the events draw her into a cosmos populated by the false spirits and ghosts of Western Europe while the very real ghost of her aunt accompanies her. Hawaly observes Hilde’s encounters with the supernatural and reports them to her colleagues in Kinshasa. Hardened to the pressures of the audience, the three savvy businesswomen are betting on the future of their TV station and on the revolutionary concept of their show, which would allow them to reposition themselves in the fast-changing market of horror and sensationalism.
by Lucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
With Hawaly Ndayisenga, Lucile Desamory, Anton Sifu Kabala, Ornella Mubeka, Belord Mulopo, Rachel Vungbo, Clémence Mathieu, Boris Lehman, Noel Godin, Frédérique Franke, Frédérique Franke, Laura Pinard, Ruth Lehmann, Lionel Perrinjaquet, Margot Ghysels, Johan Van der Maat, Lucile Desamory, Lionel Perrinjaquet, Damien Desamory, Felisa Cereceda, Ruth Lehmann, Johan Van der Maat, Arnaud Liesse, Lena Stein, Marie-Paule Mailleux
Belgium / Germany / Democratic Republic of the Congo 2020 French,  Dutch,  Lingala,  German,  English 88’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Hawaly Ndayisenga (Hawaly)
  • Lucile Desamory (Hilde)
  • Anton Sifu Kabala (Evelyne)
  • Ornella Mubeka (Niclèche)
  • Belord Mulopo (Journaliste)
  • Rachel Vungbo (Viviane)
  • Clémence Mathieu (La directrice)
  • Boris Lehman (Premier homme)
  • Noel Godin (Deuxième homme)
  • Frédérique Franke (Hellseherin)
  • Frédérique Franke (Mieke)
  • Laura Pinard (Mieke)
  • Ruth Lehmann (Mieke)
  • Lionel Perrinjaquet (Mieke)
  • Margot Ghysels (Voice)
  • Johan Van der Maat (Martin)
  • Lucile Desamory (Martin)
  • Lionel Perrinjaquet (Martin)
  • Damien Desamory (Voice)
  • Felisa Cereceda (Eva)
  • Ruth Lehmann (Eva)
  • Johan Van der Maat (Eva)
  • Arnaud Liesse (Eva)
  • Lena Stein (Voice)
  • Marie-Paule Mailleux (Das Gespenst)

Crew

DirectorsLucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
ScreenplayDamien Desamory
CinematographyArtur Castro Freire, Erick Kayembe
EditingSophie Watzlawick
MusicNicholas Bussmann
Sound DesignNicholas Bussmann
SoundArnaud Liesse, Léo Guinet, Caleb Kayeye
Production DesignLucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
CostumesLucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi
ProducersLucile Desamory
Co-producersGlodie Mubikay, Antoine Prüm

Produced by

Lucile Desamory

Berlin, Germany

+49 176 26856403

O2 Studios

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

+243 810735796

Ni Vu Ni Connu Productions

Luxemburg, Luxembourg

+352 621 352681

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.

Filmography

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

Glodie Mubikay

Glodie Mubikay was born in 1992 in Kinshasa, Congo. His goal as a producer is to make the Congolese culture speak. He focuses on themes of daily life in relation with Congolese traditional rites. In 2009, he joined the summer university of cinema in Lubumbashi. In 2011, he took part in the making of the film Maquis. From then on, he has been working as an actor, director, screenwriter and producer. In 2012, he created Osimbi Oziki Studios with Gustave Fundi and Ray Tambwe, a research and production laboratory in audiovisual and performing arts. They produce fictions, documentaries, and experimental videos. He is currently working on his next documentary.

Filmography

2015 Performance Robot de la poste; 5 min. 2020 Télé Réalité; with Lucile Desamory and Gustave Fundi, 88 Min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Gustave Fundi

Gustave Fundi, born in 1988 in Lubumbashi, Congo, works as director, producer, actor, and scriptwriter. His main goal is to make the world discover ancestral and current Congolese culture. He creates an extravagant universe inspired by Congolese history, myths and legends, oscillating between horror, science fiction and fantasy. He directed his first short film Mampocha in 2010. From 2011 on, he has taken part in several workshops for young filmmakers. Together with Glodie Mubikay and Ray Tambwe he cofounded Osimbi Oziki Studios in 2012. Together, they produce fictions, documentary, and experimental films.

Filmography

2011 Mampocha; 16 min. · Taxi-Rouge; 11 min. · Maquis 2012 Géographiste · Jeux; 8 min. · La Terreur de Zuba; 46 min. 2013 Sweet et Sexy; 22 min. · Ndoto; 21 min. · N’Tsiku; 23 min. 2014 Mikoshi; 22 min. · Jaribu; 22 min. · Ramazani; 20 min. 2015 Munya; 19 min. · Ubatizo; 20 min. · Performance du Robot de la Poste; 5 min. 2016 Requiem de la vie; 19 min. · Ah…!; 18 min. 2017 Micro Billard; 10 min. 2018 Rumeur; 4 min. · MaSoeur; 3 min. · Calomnie; 3 min. · Papa; 4 min. · Ubatizo, la genèse du mal; 4 min. 2019 Kampirimposhi; 22 min. · Nuits d’Enfer; 15 min. · L’art dans l’âme; 11 min. 2020 Télé Réalité; with Lucile Desamory and Goldie Mubika, 88 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020