Archive of films Ultranova / Ultranova
Belgium / France
2005, 86 min
Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Offbeat love story between two lost souls, set in the bleak industrial landscapes of Liège, Belgium.
Lonely Belgians struggle to find human warmth on a bleak semiindustrial landscape in actor-turned-helmer Bouli Lanners’ impressive feature debut Ultranova. Pale, sad-eyed Dimitri (Vincent Lecuyer) lives in a scruffy ’60s housing project, but has a steady job selling furnished starter homes in a development that recalls the soggy, suburban tract-house hell in Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster. His imaginative neighbour Jeanne (Marie du Bled), who works in a local warehouse, explains to her best friend Cathy (Helene De Reymaeker) that he’s an orphan who lost his family at age 12, a rumor Dimitri neither confirms nor denies. Lanners’ fat-free script sneaks up sideways on its big theme, the sense of powerlessness felt by those in dead-end jobs, prey to the forces of fate.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jean-Paul de Zaeytijd|
|Production:||Versus Productions sprl|
|Cast:||Vincent Lecuyer, Hélène de Reymaeker, Marie du Bled|
|Contact:||Playtime, Versus Productions sprl|
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