EN - Viva Paradis captures a moment in Tunisia, amidst the transformation of an abandoned luxury hotel and the ruins of Carthage to the traces of the recent revolution. The fight has been fought, but how to proceed now? The film focuses on a time when the journalists have left and the overflow of media images has stopped. Everything seems to stand still. And yet the first tourists return in search of the sun as in the Tunisia of yesterday.

FR - Viva Paradis capture un instant dans un pays, la Tunisie, en voie de transformation. D’un hôtel luxueux abandonné et des ruines de Carthage aux traces de la révolution récente.  Le combat a eu lieu, mais comment aller plus loin désormais ? Viva Paradis se concentre sur l’instant qui suit le départ des journalistes et la fin de l’afflux des images dans les médias. Tout semble redevenu normal. Par la même occasion, les touristes à la recherche de soleil reviennent en Tunisie, comme ils le faisaient auparavant.


Title Viva Paradis
Original title Viva Paradis
Original language French
Status Completed
Category Shorts , Docs
Year 2011


Photography Isabelle Tollenaere
Editing Isabelle Tollenaere, Tom Denoyette

Technical specs

Running time film 17'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Kwinten Van Laethem
Colour Colour


Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Courtisane Festival, SCAM

one, two, many, Viva Paradis and DplusOne at FIDMarseille

Manon de Boer’s new film one, two, many has been selected for official competition at the International Documentary Festival of Marseille (FIDMarseille, 4-9 July). Both Isabelle Tollenaere’s Viva Paradis and Fanny Zaman's DplusOne are also screening at the fest in the ‘Threads of Power’ sidebar.

Still from Manon de Boer's one, two, manyAuguste Orts, the production and distribution company behind one, two, many, can officially celebrate its third film in competition at FIDMarseille. Herman Asselbergh’s Dear Steve was the first to be invited in 2010, while Sven Augustijnen’s Spectres followed suit the next year and even captured three awards (GNCR Award, the Media Libraries Award and a Special Mention). This year its Manon de Boer’s turn with one, two, many, which is also set for its world premiere in Marseille.

Published on Tuesday 5 June 2012

A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Flanders duo shines at Courtisane Festival

Isabelle Tollenaere's latest documentary Viva Paradis and Printed Matter, directed by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, are screening at this year's Courtisane Festival (21-25 March). Showcasing film, video and media art, the Ghent-based festival Courtisane presents a kaleidoscopic mosaic of styles, media, gestures and emotions. With Still Life (2008) and Trickland (2010) Tollenaere already landed two awards at previous editions of the festival.

Viva Paradis_stillTollenaere's latest project Viva Paradis captures a moment in a land in the midst of transformation. Focusing on the moment after the journalists have left and the overflow of media images has stopped, the documentary portrays the emptiness after last year's Tunisian revolution.

Published on Wednesday 21 March 2012

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Isabelle Tollenaere
Producers Isabelle Tollenaere
Writers Isabelle Tollenaere

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