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Beginning 2005, the huge Cit administrative de lEtat (an administrative Center built in the heart of Brussels in the wake of the 1958 World Exhibition) was abandoned by its last inhabitants as it had been sold to a private investor. The site had been a glorious symbol of the Providential State and of Centralized Government. Its history may reflect that of Belgium and of the State.

The Cit had been conceived as a city in the heart of a city. The idea was to invent a new modern administration, as transparent and open to the public as its elegant International Style faades.

But how did people work in such a utopian project, in such architectural forms? End 2004, beginning 2005, just before the end of the story, a number of French- end Dutch-speaking civil workers answer these questions and tell us their feelings, impressions and memories. These voices and words progressively create a music that links human faces and a superhuman architecture.

And once the place has been left, as time goes by, their memories go on haunting the empty corridors and offices.

This project has received the SCAMs Brouillon dun rve award.

Technical informations

Ralisation : Yves Cantraine

Image : Nicolas Guicheteau, Benot Deleris, Nicolas Kengen, Nicolas KARAKATSANIS, Yves Cantraine

Scnario : Yves Cantraine

Mixage : David Gillain

Son : Gilles Laurent

Montage Son : : Gilles Laurent

Montage image : Els Voorspoels, Joaquin Embi Hernandez

Production : Les Mots Bleus, WIP

Broadcast list


Projection l'exposition Collection darchitecture sans titre Paris, le 30 janvier 08

Projection organise par la SCAD lors des mardis documentaires en Janvier 2008

Projection en boucle lors des journes du patrimoine 2008

Projection Neerpelet en Mars 2009

Projection au Cinma Arvor lors du Festival Travelling Bruxelles,le 10 fvrier 12

Prix en festivals;

Prix du meilleur Documentaire Belge Docville (Louvain-Belgique), juin 07

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