by Isabelle Tollenaere

Belgium/ Netherlands/ France/ Albania/ Latvia/ Russia, 2015, 90 mins

International Sales:
Michigan Films

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Motivation: “‘Battles’ is a unique visual essay that blends elements of fiction with a more traditionally structural documentary style. Each chapter builds upon the last without being prescriptive. The ambiguity, universality and performative elements lend the film a powerful, lasting affect. Tollenaere’s original examination of the traces of war and persistence of the past create a striking imaginary landscape. With its piercing sound design and impressive cinematography, the film offers a fresh perspective on the naturalisation of the culture of war. A strong debut, Tollenaere’s well-crafted mise-en-scene displays a clear talent for cinematic language and she definitely has a bright future.”