CHARLEROI, THE LAND OF 60 MOUNTAINS /
CHARLEROI, THE LAND OF 60 MOUNTAINS
In its glory days, back when the Belgian city of Charleroi was an important European hub of heavy industry, figures like René Magritte, Paul Verlaine, and Arthur Rimbaud walked its streets. Today, the city is a husk of its former self, but among the rusty remains, director Guy-Marc Hinant finds memories and stories, big and small. Born in Charleroi, Hinant is also a writer, poet and musician. He insists on looking at his city from an impossible angle, turning it upside down and shaking it until the ghosts fall out. The city’s dusty present mixes with a difficult past: life under the Nazi occupation, a family’s hope of immigrating to Stalin’s promised Jewish city, revolutionary dreams. Hinant dips his director’s brush into all of these, painting a unique portrait of the hidden Charleroi.