Archive of films Through the Walls of the Heart / Sur la pointe du coeur

2001, 90 min

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
Year: 2002

Through the Walls of the Heart takes us through Brussels’ St Peter’s Hospital and presents an epic poem, an initiating journey circumscribed by life and death. It is a journey to the heart of the town, of life and history.


What do a medieval town, a life and a hospital have in common? All three are clearly defined, enclosed spaces which one day you enter and then after a while leave. Through the Walls of the Heart is an epic poem on birth and death whose main character is St Peter’s Hospital in the heart of Brussels. Director Anne Lévy-Morelle asks her viewers to break through walls concealing pain and suffering, walls, however, which also offer recovery and hope. The journey back in time reveals the medieval roots of an extensive hospital complex which ‘became extinct’ several times in its nearly thousand-year history and was ‘resurrected’ again. A journey through seven chapters – doors opening on experiences, matter, images and thoughts, accompanied by a commentary-poem narrated by French actress Marie Trintignant.

About the director

Anne Lévy-Morelle (b. 1961) graduated from the humanities faculty of the University of Brussels and INSAS (field: film/radio-TV). Hard to characterise, her work includes documentaries, poems, epic stories and dramatic shorts. Filmography: Gare du Luxembourg (1986), Tout va (tres) bien (1987), Les Tentations d’Albert (1989), Manfred (1993), Le reve de Gabriel (1997), Through the Walls of the Forest (2001).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
Director: Anne Lévy-Morelle
Screenplay: Anne Lévy-Morelle
Dir. of Photography: Ella van den Hove
Music: Ivan Georgiev
Editor: Emmanuelle Dupuis
Producer: Thierry De Coster
Production: Sokan ve spolupráci s / in co-production with: Dune, Arte, CBA, RTBF
Cast: Marie Trintignant (hlas/voice)

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