Elephant’s Dream

Elephant’s Dream takes us beyond the usual reports of the Congo, to provide poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions and its public sector workers in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, a railway station, the central post office and the only existing fire station.

At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film will reveal a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.

“Elephant’s Dream masterfully creates a listlessness, sad and funny, that speaks to great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.” (Joshua Oppenheimer)

International sales: CAT&Docs

dur. 72’/52′ – HD

Festivals & Awards

TRT Documentary Awards – WINNER 2nd Best International Documentary
Docs Against Gravity – WINNER Magic Hour Award
DocPoint Helsinki
 – WINNER From You to YLE Audience vote

East End Film Festival London – UK Premiere
Frontline Club London – Preview Screening
Addis International Film Festival (Ethiopia)
HOTDOCS Toronto North-American premiere in World Showcase
Freiburger Film Forum
DOKFest Munich – DOK Horizonte Competition / Shortlisted Audience Award
Docville Leuven/Belgium)
Afrika Film festival (BE)
DocPoint Helsinki
Festival De Lasalle (International Festival Documentaire en Cévennes)
IDFA – Official Selection
DOK Leipzig Young Cinema Competition 2014 – World Premiere

Director/DOP/producer: Kristof Bilsen
Editor: Eduardo Serrano
Original Music: Jon Wygens & Baloji
Sound Design & Mix: Yves De Mey
Location Sound: Xan Marques Canéda
Exec. Producers: Associate Directors (BE) (Bram Crols/Mark Daems)

Supported by CINEREACH(NY) and CBA/Worldview , EU MEDIA,  Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) a co-production with  Limerick FilmsMan’s Films (Marion Hänsel), Roast Beef productions and RTBF (BE).

Pitched at IDFA FORUM 2012, MediMed (Sitges/Sp) – DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market and Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2011.