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Ghost Tropic (8/28-9/11)

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Wednesday, September 9 2020
 

“Stunning… A delicate miniature that’s magnificently humanist, occasionally amusing and shot in a palette of rich, saturated nighttime hues… really great.”

—Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

“Gorgeous… A witching hour-and-a-half that unfurls as gradually and un-threateningly as the sky lights up during dawn.”

—Ben Driscoll, Sight and Sound

“Hypnotic and haunting, one of the great visual achievements of the year.”

—Hannah Faris, Chicago Monitor

The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present Ghost Tropic as part of an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure.

Exquisitely shot on 16mm film, Ghost Tropic is a narrative composed of sad beauty and remarkable stillness: a portrait of a place in time and one woman’s role in that world. Although steeped in a unique aesthetic, it is primarily a humanist film about a cleaning woman in Brussels who misses her subway stop after work on her commute and the night we spend with her getting home. Themes of poverty, subtle and overt discrimination, classism, and how a large city addresses homelessness drape across the film without aggrandizing its protagonist or the complicated decisions she makes throughout her night. For fans of Abbas Kiarostami, Chantal Ackerman, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, and contemporary minimalist cinema.

Ghost Tropic
Dir. Bas Devos | 2019 | 85 minutes

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