La Promesse: A 35mm Presentation - Human Resources15

La Promesse: A 35mm Presentation - Human Resources

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  • Thu 9 Dec
    21:00 This screening is in 35mm

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  • Thu 9 Dec
  • 90 minutes
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
  • Cast: Jeremie Renier, Assita Ouedraogo, Olivier Gourmet
  • Belgium (1996)


This early gem from the groundbreaking directing duo the Dardennes is a chilling examination of the exploitation of immigrant workers, following a young boy (eventual longtime collaborator Jérémie Renier) who has a moral awakening after his father covers up the death of his one undocumented employees in a construction site accident. The brothers take

the Dickensian coming-of-age story and imbue it with a modern sensibility, juxtaposing a son struggling to keep his innocence with the plight of refugee families fighting to stay alive in a hostile environment where their rights go unrecognized. Showing early flashes of their distinctive cinéma veritié style and their career-long empathy for the working class, this breakthrough feature has all the marks of what made the Dardennes internationally renowned filmmakers and trusted voices in the depiction of work on screen.

This screening is part of Human Resources, a season of films exploring the depiction of work and labour on screen. The season is curated by Ryan Ninesling, an MA student in Film Studies, Programming, and Curation, in partnership with the National Film and Television School, Close-up Film Centre, and the Genesis Cinema.