WTC: A Love Story

In the 1970s, the populous neighbourhood around Brussels-North Station was destroyed to make room for ‘Little Manhattan’, a modernist dream with the two World Trade Centre towers as its crown jewels. The project failed, leaving the towers and surrounding area largely abandoned. In 2017, the private owners and politicians joined forces to redynamise the area. Fearing that history might repeat itself, Lietje Bauwens and Wouter De Raeve decided to enter the debate by making a film with the actors that claim a voice in the transition: politicians, an activist, the private owner, designers and others. Taking the WTC towers as its object, the film investigates contemporary urban redevelopment processes, and traces the influx of new ecological and participatory ideas and their actual impact.

WTC A Love Story uses fiction as a method to explore whose stories enter the stage when the process of political representation is accelerated.

The avant-premiere of WTC A Love Story took place on the 11th of February 2020 at Kaaitheater in Brussels.


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a project by 431 (Lietje Bauwens and Wouter De Raeve) | produced by Daan Milius & Hans van Hezik for Video Power | image Pieter Dumoulin | music Jens Bouttery | sound Kwinten van Laethem | edit Caszimir Cleutjens |music Jens Bouttery | partners Kaaitheater, A+ architecture in Belgium, arp: | support The Arts and Heritage Agency of the Flemish Community, VGC, The ministry of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Regionresponsible for Mobility and Public Works, Provincie Limburg (NL) Gemeente Maastricht, Mondriaan Fonds, Jan van Eyck Academie | characters Lietje Bauwens, Mathieu Berger, Marie-Anaïs Bluteau, Kristiaan Borret, Gert Bouquiaux, Jan Denoo, Wouter De Raeve, Chaïma Ghaïda, Werner Joris, Mehdi Kassou, Sven Lenaerts, Ans Persoons, Freek Persyn, Arnaud Van Puyenbroeck, Pieter Torbeyns | actors Tom Adjibi, Kris Cuppens, Valentijn Dhaenens, Davis Freeman, Hervé Guerrisi, Stefan Jakiela, Heike Langsdorf, Hervé Piron, Janneke Remmers, Nathalie Rozanes, Stine Sampers, Peter Vandenbemt | special thanks to Daan Milius & Christopher Roth