HOP
THE HOP

Director: Dominique Standaert
Screenplay: Dominique Standaert

Cast:
Justin: Kalomba Mboyi
Dieudonné: Anson Diedhiou
Frans: Jan Decleir
Gerda: Antje De Boeck

Running time: 104 minutes
Year of production: Belgium - 2000
Rating: Not rated (general public)
Gauge: DVD (color)

Language: French and Flemish
Distributor:
Film Movement


Dominique Standaert on why he shot in black and white:
“There are three reasons for this. The first is that I like it a lot. The second is that I wanted the story to exist outside of reality. Things are plausible but not true. The third reason is that in black and white one works with contrast, nothing else.”
hop

Justin and his father Dieudonné are illegal African immigrants living in Brussels. One night, during a crucial soccer match, Justin rigs up the cable feed from downstairs so that he and his father can watch their soccer hero, Congolese player Emile M’Penza. Their neighbors, unable to get reception on their television, come upstairs to protest and throw Justin’s TV out the window. The police are called to the apartment complex. Dieudonné is caught quickly and after an unsuccessful attempt to hide his identity, he is slated for deportation. Justin narrowly escapes and is taken in by a retired anarchist and his girlfriend. Together they help Justin get his father back in unexpected ways, using fake terrorist threats and Justin’s hero Emile M’Penza to get attention from the police and city officials. In The Hop, Dominique Standaert treats the subject of childhood and immigrant life with great humor, alternating tragic situations with comic details. What could have been a dramatically somber social film turns out to be an uplifting and morally rich tale. Standaert manages to avoid the clichés one often find in films dealing with immigration. 

 
PHOTO Film Movement  
E  tourneesfestival@facecouncil.org       T  212 439 1451      F  212 439 1455
HOME | BOOK | CINEMA | VISUAL ARTS | PERFORMING ARTS | MUSIC | EDUCATION
© FACE