EN - Charleroi used to be known for its thriving coal and steel industries, attracting people seeking work from all over Europe. But it has now come to symbolise the problems plaguing the entire continent: increasing unemployment, immigration and petty crime - and a growing sense of unease. To make matters worse, rain seems to be constantly falling from the grey blanket of clouds looming over the dilapidated apartment blocks and slumbering factories. Archive footage of a vibrant industry is intercut with portraits of people dealing with a changing world. A former migrant worker, a group of men who clear out houses belonging to people who died alone, a sturdy dominatrix and a young man struggling with the widening gulf between sections of the population all speak from the heart about how they’re managing to keep it together.


Title Coeurope
Original title Coeurope
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2016-11-18


Photography Giovanni Troilo
Editing Maria Fantastica Valmori

Technical specs

Running time film 61'
Release format Full HD, DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2016: Competition For Mid-Length Documentary - IDFA (NL)

Silent Wilderness premiers at IDFA

Matthijs Vleugels’s documentary feature Silent Wilderness is to have its world premiere at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Also at IDFA, Ben Asamoah’s new project Sakawa has been selected for Forum, the festival’s co-production platform.

Silent WildernessScreening as part of the Panorama section, Silent Wilderness explores the emotional pain of a couple whose adopted Korean son went missing in the woods of Hungary 13 years ago. Producer of the film is Peter Krüger of Inti Films, who is also attending IDFA’s Forum to present Sakawa.

Published on Thursday 17 November 2016

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Short info

Director Giovanni Troilo
Producers Maarten Schmidt
Writers Maria Fantastica Valmori, Giovanni Troilo

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1190 Vorst


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