Behind the Shutters


TIFF Lightbox 4 Thu, May 2, 2019 5:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Fri, May 3, 2019 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Labour & Working People
Personal Histories
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Messaline Raverdy
Producer(s):Messaline Raverdy
Editor(s):Ivanne de Cannart
Rudi Maerten
Writer(s):Messaline Raverdy
Cinematography:Olivier Dekegel
Composer:Hilde Nash
Sound:Messaline Raverdy


Women's stories are often less visible, and yet richer. Moving into her grandmother's house while expecting her first child, Messaline Raverdy sets out to explore what remains hidden inside old boxes and behind long-closed shutters. Going through a trunk of family archives, she pieces together the history of the local Raverdy company, an abandoned coffee and chicory factory that mainly employed women. Combining Super 8 footage, old photos and ads, word games and conversations with her grandmother and retired female factory workers, she composes a visually enchanting reverie that's reminiscent of Agnès Varda's Diary of a Pregnant Woman and Jonas Mekas's poetic peregrinations. An ode to women, their work and their changing bodies, Behind the Shutters is also an attempt by a very talented "apprentice filmmaker" to apprehend the intangible fabric of time through cinema. Charlotte Selb

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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Additional Information

  • POV - "Raverdy creates a uniquely sensitive ode to the women around her."