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The Flats

Directed by Alessandra Celesia
114 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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The residents of a Belfast housing estate grapple with the unresolved legacy of the Troubles by staging re-enactments, in this critically acclaimed major-prize winner at CPH:DOX 2024.

New Lodge, a Republican enclave in West Belfast, is home to self-described “ordinary decent criminal” Joe McNally and his dog Freedom. It’s a community troubled by memories of violence and lives lost, now besieged by sexual assault and drug abuse. As a way of reconciling with the past, Joe decides to re-enact his young uncle’s wake. In a scene reminiscent of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (SFF 2013), Joe manhandles a coffin into his cramped flat, then convinces others to participate in his macabre project – and re-enact their collective memories. The Flats lays bare a complex, brutal legacy with forensic precision.

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It’s a powerful, urgent and deeply sad film
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
A dark, uneasy reminder of the indelible, multi-generational stain of violence
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Special Guest

Alessandra Celesia
Director, Screenwriter
Alessandra Celesia is an Italian-born filmmaker currently based in Paris and Belfast. Her sophomore film The Bookseller of Belfast (2011) was co-produced by ARTE France and was screened at Visions du Reel in Lussa. Following this, she continued co-producing films with ARTE France with Anatomia del Miracolo, which was selected at Locarno in 2017.


Thu 6 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 11
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 18+
France, Belgium, UK, Ireland
In English and Irish with English subtitles
Alessandra Celesia
Geneviève De Bauw, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, John McIlduff, Jeremiah Cullinane
Alessandra Celesia
François Chambe
Frédéric Fichefet
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Women Directors, Festival Award Winners, Filmmaking
Company Credits
Sales Agent: The Party Sales
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