Brutalia, Days of Labour wins Mélies d’Argent at Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival
Brutalia, Days of Labour, directed by Manolis Mavris, has won the Méliès d’Argent at the 14th edition of the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival.
The jury, consisting of Nathalie Basteyns, Henry Disotuar, Niels Putman and Thibault Van De Werve, praised the film for its layers, its metaphor and its beautiful cinematography.
The short film will now compete for the Méliès d’Or for the best European genre film at the next edition of the Sitges Film Festival 2022.
Perfectly identical girls, dressed in military uniforms, work day and night. A matriarchal family. An oligarchic society. What would happen if we replace bees with humans? Anna, a worker bee, still in the training stage, observes the universe of the hive in which she lives.
She strives to understand the rules of a ruthless and competitive society, to integrate into the whole and to serve the “common good”. But, not being able to consent to the violence that surrounds her, she will be sentenced to total solitude which will lead her to a radical decision.