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Beginning 2005, the huge Cité administrative de l’Etat (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 Cité 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 façades.

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 SCAM’s « Brouillon d’un rêve » award.

Technical informations

Réalisation : Yves Cantraine

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

Scénario : 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 à l'exposition “Collection d’architecture sans titre” à Paris, le 30 janvier 08

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

Projection en boucle lors des journées du patrimoine 2008

Projection à Neerpelet en Mars 2009

Projection au Cinéma «Arvor» lors du Festival «Travelling Bruxelles»,le 10 février 12

Prix en festivals;

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

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