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Spotlight Cinema: Ghost Tropic
October 14 @ 7:00 pm - October 21 @ 7:00 pm
A cleaning woman dozes off on her train home, sending her on an overnight odyssey through Brussels. When Khadija awakens at her subway’s last stop in the middle of the night, she’s left stranded at the other end of the city. Fresh out of cash, there’s nothing else to do but start walking. This modest woman finds herself relying on the understanding and decency of her fellow third-shifters: the security guards and convenience store employees who share her rung on the economic ladder.
What emerges is a warm portrait of the ethnicities that keep Brussels (and most cities) running overnight—Khadija herself is Maghrebi, and most of those she encounters are immigrants, as well. Filmed in rich and beautiful 16mm, Ghost Tropic casts a nocturnal spell on the viewer, capturing the hushed, out-of-time atmosphere of a very late night.
“A delicate miniature that’s magnificently humanist, occasionally amusing and shot in a palette of rich, saturated nighttime hues, this is the kind of really small movie that is actually really great. Suggests that kindness and beauty are all around us. All it takes to see it is an effort to look for it.” – The Hollywood Reporter