Three starkly different people deal with the aftermath of the May 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels. A Flemish doctor, whose son is a fighter jet pilot on a mission in the Middle East, is forced to confront his loneliness. A young man from Algerian descent is asked by his brother to do him a deceivingly simple favor. An Italian woman, who works in the heart of the European Institutions, is slowly losing control under the pressure of her demanding life. The same question that seems to haunt the city, looms over their lives: Where do we go from here?
Taking its name from a Donald Trump quote on Fox News about Belgium, Bas Devos' HELLHOLE had its world premiere at the Panorama section of the Berlinale and went on to win Best Director at the Young Cinema International Competition of the Hong Kong Film Festival.
“Everywhere you look, people are trapped inside their own guard and, without ever verbalizing it, the film describes the post-terror European malaise with an eloquence that utterly overwhelms.” –Awards Daily
DIRECTED BY BAS DEVOS
BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS | 2019 | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES