Directed by Gerard-Jan Claes, Olivia Rochette
Belgium | 101 min. | Dutch, French (English subtitled)
Grands Travaux allows the viewer to walk along as a silent witness in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels, that does not hold the best reputation. The documentary does more than focus on the school: it focuses on the students that inhabit it. How do young people prepare for life as a working man or woman? What keeps the students busy after school? Learn about the lives of a Brussels youngster today.
The Institute Anneessens Funck is a Dutch vocational school in the center of Brussels where young people can learn a certain subject. The school not only prepares students for a future job not just through hands-on experience, but also by staging certain work situations and job interviews. In addition to school, their life is filled with football, love affairs and the search for a job and a home.
Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes graduated from the KASK School of Arts in Ghent in 2010 and attracted attention with their graduate work Because We Are Visual (2010) and Rain documentary (2012) which they made on behalf of the dance company Rosas. Grands Travaux is a film about a group of young people in Brussels where a certain stigma remains in place (Anneessens Funck has a bad reputation, despite all the hard work put into it). The filmmakers do not partake in the debate, but rather show these images, so that the young and their environment may speak for themselves.
Director Gerard-Jan Claes, Olivia Rochette
Production company Savage Film
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Producer Bart Van Langendonck
Cinematography Olivia Rochette
Music Gerard-Jan Claes