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.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 07 Nov 2022
  • Time: 9:40


Istituto Francese Florence
Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne


Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are Belgian directors, screenwriters and producers. After studying drama, Jean-Pierre, and philosophy, Luc, the Dardenne brothers shot their first militant works, filming social struggles in Belgian working-class neighbourhoods. In the late 1970s, they founded film production companies and made their first documentary films, including Lorsque le bateau de Léon M. descendit la Meuse pour la première fois (1979), Pour que la guerre s'achève, les murs devaient s'écrouter (1980), R... ne répond plus (1981), Leçons d'une université volante (1982) and Regard Jonathan/Jean Louvet, 231 (1983). In 1996 their third fiction film, La Promesse, was presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, but it was not until 1999 that they gained international recognition with their first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the film Rosetta. In 2005 they won their second Palme d'Or with L'Enfant - A Love Story and in 2008 The Silence of Lorna, dedicated to the theme of illegal immigration and white marriage, brought them the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Among their most recent works, The Kid with a Bike won the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and Tori and Lokita, Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2022.

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