Charleroi used to be known for its thriving coal and steel industries. This city near the Belgian capital Brussels once attracted people seeking work from all Europe. But it has now come to symbolize the problems plaguing the entire continent: increasing unemployment, immigration, petty crime – and a growing sense of unease. To make matters worse, rain constantly falls from the gray blanket of clouds looming over the dilapidated apartment blocks and slumbering factories. Charleroi has become a spooky place, and that feeling is only confirmed by the stories supplied by residents and passersby in this poetic film. Archive footage of vibrant industry is intercut with portraits of people dealing with a changing world. A former migrant worker, a group of men who empty out houses belonging to people who died alone, a sturdy dominatrix and a young man struggling with the widening gulf between sections of the population all speak from the heart about how they’re managing to keep it together.
- STORY HOUSE FILM
Director and photographer, Troilo moves between the worlds of cinema, television, publishing and advertising. Troilo’s work has been published in Newsweek Japan, Der Spiegel, D La Repubblica, GQ Italy, CNN, Wired UK, Wired Corea, Ventiquattro, Wallpaper, GQ Spain, Io Donna, Flair, Sport&Street, Velvet and Urban.
In 2011 he directed FAN PIO, his first feature length film, and published in Germany his first book, Apulien, awarded as best photographic book at the International Photography Awards in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015 Troilo directed for Sky Arte HD Fotografi, three series of documentaries about famous Italian photographers, and several documentaries among which ON THE ROAD – JOE BASTIANICH MUSIC TOUR AND CARAVAGGIO CRIMINALE. In 2015 with the project La Ville Noire, The Dark Heart of Europe he was awarded People Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards. In 2016 William Kentridge, Triumphs and Laments, his documentary film about the South African artist William Kentridge, was in competition at Rome International Film Festival and Coeurope, his work set in Belgium on contemporary Europe, was in competition at IDFA and broadcasted on Rai and Arte in Germany and France.
He directed THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST PAINTINGS (2017, series of 7 documentaries for Sky Arts International Hub (UK, ITA, GER), broadcasted from April 2018, and the documentaries WATER LILLIES OF MONET - THE MAGIC OF WATER AND LIGHT (2018) and FRIDA. VIDA LA VIDA (2019)