THE CHAPEL – Belgium, 96 min., Drama, Thriller
Director: Dominique Deruddere
Writer: Dominique Deruddere
Cast: Taeke Nicolaï, Ruth Becquart, Kevin Janssens, Lydia Indjova
Jennifer was born for this. From her earliest childhood days she has been playing piano, avidly supported by her mother who does everything possible to sustain her daughter’s passion. Her successive sacrifices pay off, because once Jennifer reaches adulthood, she finds herself in the running to take part in one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world, the Queen Elizabeth Competition. Her selection sees her catapulted into The Chapel, an exceptional residence where the finalists are housed in the days preceding the big day, in order to protect them from the pressures of the outside world and prepare themselves as best they can for their big moment. But here’s the catch: this isolation inevitably brings out tension between the participants, but it also gives rise to private, inner struggles. Confronted with this forced introspection, Jennifer is assailed by memories she would rather forget.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2023 – Shanghai International Film Festival
Nominee Golden Goblet – Best Film, Dominique Deruddere