Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Waste Land

Year: 2014
Country: BELGIUM
Run Time: 97 minutes

Waste Land
Waste Land
Waste Land
Waste Land

As Leo drops off his son at school, he whispers in his ear, “Be careful… don’t hurt anyone.” At age six, his son already knows how to use a gun. This is the result of Leo’s occupation as a homicide detective working in Brussels’ seamy underworld, and Leo’s wife doesn’t approve of his proximity to danger. When she discovers she’s pregnant, it spurs her to condemn the underlying subtext of violence in her family. As Leo is assigned to a heinous crime involving a Congolese immigrant, he begins to drift into a deeply psychological entanglement that has ramifications beyond his job. Intense and hallucinatory, Pieter Van Hees’ final entry into his “anatomy of love and pain” trilogy is a portrait of a life immersed in the suffering of others and the resulting inseparability of work and family. Culminating in a nightmarish, hair-raising finale, WASTE LAND lingers long after the lights come up. (In French and Dutch with subtitles) – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:50 AM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:35 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:10 PM

After Hours

Pieter Van Hees

Pieter Van Hees, born in 1970, studied Germanic philology at the University of Leuven and film at Sint-Lukas, both in Belgium. His acclaimed short film "Black XXX-mas" has garnered numerous awards.

"Left Blank" (2008), "Dirty Mind" (2009), WASTE LAND (2014)

Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier

Pieter Van Hees

Menno Mans

Nico Leunen

Principal Cast
Jeremie Renier, Natali Broods, Babetida Sadjo, Peter Van Den Begin, Peter Van Den Eede, Mourade Zeguendi

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