Pour Que La Guerre S’achève, Les Murs Devaient S’écrouler
Belgium, 1980, 50'
Edmond, an old Belgian worker, was the publisher of Cockerill, a well-known clandestine newspaper that supported the workers’ struggles from 1961 up to 1969. Bloch’s quote and images of the most heated moments are the exergue that then leaves room to the voice and body of Edmond, to whom that political enterprise cost his job. In the beginning, the interest is focused on the filmed words and the evocation of the writings, which refer to now distant language and issues. The interest then shifts onto the man’s body, his person, his wandering through a city that bears the traces of the end of an era, the wound of those who dreamed of a different, more equitable society. Without lapsing into melancholy, the film portrays the remains of those years and represents a gift to a person who made a small utopia possible, escaping the net of power.