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Simple Production — Movies, Le Petit Château


Le Petit Château

50' / 1999

Karine de Villers

“Le Petit Château”, in the heart of Brussels, place full of promises which welcome candidates seeking refugee status in Belgium. The hundreds of people languishing within its walls have begun to accept their internment as a way of life. Their life of transit and promiscuity lives them the margins of society. The long periods of waiting expressed by the internees and the guardians of that microcosm emphasize a society in turmoil.


  • Director : Karine de Villers
  • Photography : C. Geens / P. Guilbert / R. Fromont / JM Vervoort
  • Sound : R. Verthe / P. Mertens / M. Engels / C. Antoniadis
  • Editing : Sandrine Deegen

Production and Partners

  • Production : Simple production
  • Coproduction RTBF – Arte Belgique – Image Création
  • Partners : With the support of Doctors without Borders and of Le Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles


  • Simple Production

TV Broadcast

  • RTBF (Belgium), Arte (1st broadcast on18/11/ 2000), TV5.


  • Première introduced by the Cultural Commission of Amnesty International on15/11/1999at the Espace Delvaux (Brussels)
  • Festival « Traces de vies » 14/11/2000 Clermont – Ferrand (France)
  • Festival « Filmer à tout prix » 2000 , Brussels (Belgium)
  • Festival « Acteur, acteur » (France)
  • Festival « Objectif doc » (Paris)
  • Festival Mediawave (Hungary)


  • Original version


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