Gods of Molenbeek

Finland, Belgium, Germany | 2019 | documentary | 73 min. Focus on Finland

Molenbeek, one of the poorest districts of Brussels struggling with the reputation of a terrorist nest, is, at the same time, the place of residence of the two six-year-old film characters. Aatos, having Chilean and Finnish roots, and Amine, who is Muslim, come from two different worlds, which does not prevent them from playing blithely together. This image is accompanied by an attempt to understand the current events in the district and find an answer to the most important and the most difficult question: does God really exist or does it only feature in Finnish legends? Or, maybe, only madmen believe in God?

directed by

Reetta Huhtanen Festival guest

Reetta Huhtanen is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. She has graduated with a Master of Arts from the ELO Film School Finland in Aalto University majoring in documentary film directing. She has also graduated as a BA in Sociology and Philosophy. Currently, along with film making, she is a doctoral student at Aalto University. Her films, „The CoffeeBreak”, about three eternal students, and Economic Forecasters, an absurdist look into the inscrutable world of economics, have been widely exhibited at international film festivals. "Gods of Molenbeek” is her feature documentary debut.

cinematography
Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
sound
Reetta Huhtanen, Bert Aerts
editing
Jamin Benazzouz
production
Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen (Zone2 Pictures Oy)
Film screenings:
Tuesday, May 28 19:30 | MOS 1 + meeting with creators:
director Reetta Huhtanen
Gods of Molenbeek