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Watch on VOD (regio-locked Belgium/Netherlands) here.
US Educational & Home-use DVD + institutional streaming available through DER.
Film website here
Press-clippings/link/reviews
Festivals

Elephant’s Dream takes us beyond the usual reports of the Congo, to provide poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions and its public sector workers in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, a railway station, the central post office and the only existing fire station.

At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film will reveal a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.

(FR) Rêve d’Eléphant présente un portrait fragile du Congo. Le film vous emmène dans la vie de trois personnages au sein de trois institutions publiques : la gare de chemins de fer, le Grand Hôtel de la Poste et la caserne du service Incendie. Au travers du prisme des trois institutions publiques, on est face à une vision surprenante de l’état du Géant Congo. Aux côtés des travailleurs de la poste, des chemins de fer et des pompiers, on peut se demander comment (sur)vivre dans un Etat en échec. Mais surtout : comment peut-on remettre l’Etat sur pied ?

Ce portrait des institutions de l’état postcolonial et post-dictatorial est une allégorie sur le rôle que joue encore le gouvernement, qui se voit de plus en plus surpassé par une crise globale où les pouvoirs mondiaux et la géopolitique on un effet énorme sur la vie quotidienne.

International sales: CAT&Docs – dur. 72’/52′ – HD

Supported by CINEREACH(NY) and CBA/Worldview , EU MEDIA, Pascal Decroos Fund (Belgium) and Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
a co-production with  Limerick FilmsMan’s Films (Marion Hänsel), Roast Beef productions and RTBF (BE).

Pitched at IDFA FORUM 2012, MediMed (Sitges/Sp) – DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market and Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2011.


“Highly poetic, deeply insightful.” (Critics Associated)

“Elephant’s Dream masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.” (Joshua Oppenheimer)

“In the pantheon of documentaries about the Congo, “Elephant’s Dream” is an incredibly necessary addition.”(INDIEWIRE)

“Three ordinary stories combined in a extraordinary documentary.” (Hollywood Reporter)

“One of the most tender and intense films I’ve seen in ages – the agony and the scars of colonialism are most artfully captured in a true film d’ auteur .”  (Hubert Sauper, We come as Friends, Darwin’s Nightmare)

“The film is a lesson in resilience, devotion. An ode to the invincible obstinacy, full of poetry reflecting the after-effects of Mubutism – showing how in a disastrously governed, yet organized chaos, one’s mental hygiene manages to prevail.” (Baloji)

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Festivals & Awards

One World Media Awards – SPECIAL MENTION Best Feature Doc Bertha Foundation
TRT Documentary Awards
 – WINNER 2nd Best International Documentary
Docs Against Gravity – WINNER Magic Hour Award
DocPoint Helsinki
 – WINNER From You to YLE Audience vote

Congo International Film Festival (DRC)
Bertha DocHouse (London/UK)
Belgisch Filmfestival Utrecht (NL)
World Film Festival (Est)
Taiwan International Documentary Festival
DocLounge Oslo (Nor)
Malebo Int FF (London)
Sebastopol FF (US)
World Film Fest (Est)
Big Sky Doc FF Montana (US)
Margaret Mead Film Festival (NY Premiere)
Congo in Harlem (NY)
EthnoFilmFest Muenchen (DE)
Festival International Ânûû-rû Âboro (New Caledonia) – in competition
Inconvenient Films Human Rights Fest Vilnius – in competition
ZIFF (Zimbabwe – Harare) – in competition
Africa International Film Festival AFRIFF (Nigeria)- in competition
Camden International Film Festival (in competition) – US Premiere

Milano Film Festival – State of (T)Error
DOKUFest Prizren (Kosovo) (International Documentary Competition)
East End Film Festival London – UK Premiere
Frontline Club London – Preview Screening 9/2/15
Addis International Film Festival (Ethiopia)
HOTDOCS Toronto North-American premiere in World Showcase
Freiburger Film Forum
DOKFest Munich – DOK Horizonte Competition / Shortlisted Audience Award
Docville Leuven/Belgium)
Afrika Film festival (BE)
DocPoint Helsinki
Festival De Lasalle (International Festival Documentaire en Cévennes)
IDFA – Official Selection
DOK Leipzig Young Cinema Competition 2014 – World Premiere

Press

Interview on Congo Live (Kambale Musavuli & Patricia Servant Lokwa)
Creolita Culture – “Deep in thought. Poetic, lyrical.”
BFI Sight & Sound Magazine – “Sustained atmosphere.”
Interview BBC World Service Outlook

Critics Associated (David Poole) – “Highly poetic, deeply insightful.” 4 Stars
IDFA Special DAILY Festival newspaper 2014 (Interview by Nick Cunningham)
POV Magazine (Interview by Maurie Alioff)
The Hollywood Reporter (Boyd Van Hoeij) – “An extraordinary documentary.”
Examiner.com (Christina Strynatka) – “A dreaminess washing over the viewer.” 5 Stars
Scenecreek – “A striking meditation on finding resilience” 4/5 stars
Nextprojection Blog (Jacqueline Valencia)
INDIEWire Shadow & Act  – “Incredibly beautiful.”
CinemaAxis – “Honest” (Review by Jess Rogers)
The Globe and Mail (Review by Liam Lacey) – “Eloquent, enigmatic” 4/4 Stars
Canada International Council (10 Foreign Affairs Doc to look out for) 2015 HotDOCS
The Toronto Film Scene  Review 2015 HotDOCS
CBC Radio (Canada) – The Current with Anna Maria Termonti / Interview
Pretty Clever Films (review by Pam Fossen) Review 2015 HotDOCS
Onewomanarmy Blog (Samantha O’Connor)
Tue Steen Muller (filmkommentaren Review 2014)
Anjan Sundaram (author of “Stringer, a reporters’ journey in the congo)
Elephant’s Dream or the dream of all of us (cafebabel.co.uk blog)
Bar du Matin (VRT/Radio 1) (Flemish Interview by Annemie Tweepenninckx)
Déo Namujimbo at PEN writers’ Flat in Flanders talking about the film too (English subtitles)
Thentherewerenone Research Blog (by Stéphanie Perazzone – PhD Candidate Genova – In English)
TV Brussel (Brussels TV / web) (In Flemish)
Filmmagie (Film-magazine review (in Flemish)
DeWereldMorgen, by Jonas Slaats (online magazine (in Flemish)
TERZAKE (Belgian National Broadcaster VRT – in Flemish)
deStandaard (paid section in leading National newspaper ) in Flemish)
De Morgen (paid section in leading National newspaper ) in Flemish)
Kif Kif (in Flemish)
Focus Knack (leading National magazine ) in Flemish)
Vertigo Magazine (National film magazine ) in Flemish)
Cinevox (Online filmblog – Kurt Vandemaele)

Director/DOP/producer: Kristof Bilsen
Editor: Eduardo Serrano
Original Music: Jon Wygens & Baloji
Sound Design & Mix: Yves De Mey
Location Sound: Xan Marques Canéda
Producers: Associate Directors (BE) (Bram Crols/Mark Daems)