The Shadow Workers

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The Shadow Workers

De schaduwwerkers
Annelein Pompe
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
Documentary Film
Belgium
2021
47 minutes
French,
Dutch
subtitles: 
English, French, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere

A place in Ghent, watched by the flightless and garrulous pigeon Lukaku. Living in a particularly close relationship with its owner, Francesco D’Amico, he gains insights into the human grotesque. Director Annelein Pompe lets him talk, introduce us to the world of pigeon breeding and reveal the thoughts of a few persons who retain small, hidden refuges in the mundane daily business.

“I look behind things,” says Lukaku. Neck twisted so that he sees the world upside down, strange things are revealed. He guides us through a Flemish microcosm that tells of a honey shop as well as a kiosk. Usman, a Pakistani pigeon lover, works in the latter. He is his own boss, unlike the “Dutch good-for-nothing” of the honey shop who is harassed by surveillance cameras and must fear for his job. Annelein Pompe creates a modern fable that tells of people’s attachment to their ordinary existence – but also of those invisible moments when spirit and body drift apart, when dreams and poetry begin. Pompe intertwines this human talent for shadow work with the fascination for pigeons, which always return to their owners and yet live in freedom.

Carolin Weidner

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26.10.
#233
CineStar 5
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
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26.10.2021
CineStar 5
#233
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
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30.10.
#6A1
Cinémathèque
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
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30.10.2021
Cinémathèque
#6A1
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
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31.10.
#783
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
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31.10.2021
Schaubühne Lindenfels
#783
Madrid, Bad Life + The Shadow Workers
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Annelein Pompe
Ellen Meiresonne
Dany Deprez
VAF Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds
Bart Hoevenaars
Eric Pauwels
Pierre De Bellefroid
Miléna Trivier
Achilles Van Den Abeele
Annelein Pompe
Annelein Pompe

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Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award