The Flats

DIRECTOR: Alessandra Celesia
114 minutes | FRance, belgium, republic of ireland, united kingdom

In his tower-block apartment in New Lodge, Joe reenacts memories from his childhood amidst the «Troubles». In this Catholic area of Belfast, the number of deaths was tragically significant. Joe is joined by neighbours Jolene, Sean, Angie, and others, all willingly participating in this process of revisiting the collective memories that shaped their lives and the district they live in.


Production: Films de Force Majeure, Thank You & Good Night productions, Planet Korda Pictures, Dumbworld

France Distribution: Les Alchimistes

World sales: The Party Film Sales

Release: 2024




Eurimages, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, The Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, BFI Doc Society Fund, RTBF – Unité Documentaire et Magellan Films, Tax Rebate UK, Northern Ireland Screen, Bourse Brouillon d’un rêve de la Scam

This project was selected at
Doc Market (development) – Belfast film Festival (2019 – Northen Ireland), Pitching du réel – Visions du Réel (2019 – Nyon, Switzerland), Doc Corner Prize, Film Market – Cannes Festival (2019 – France), HEAD Prize – Geneva post-production (2019 – Switzerland), Doc Market (postprod.) – Belfast film Festival (2023 – Northen Ireland)



Writer and director Alessandra Celesia
Assistant director Fionnuala McCormack
Director of photography François Chambe
Editing Frédéric Fichefet
Sound editing Laurent Martin
Sound engineer Quentin Jacques
Sound mixing Gilles Benardeau
Colorist Dave Hughes
Music composer Brian Irvine
Postproduction coordinator Nora Bertone
Producers Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Jérôme Nunes, Geneviève De Bauw, Jeremiah Cullinane, John McIlduff

Technical sheet

Son 5.1, stereo
Length 114 minutes
Original language English


Docs Ireland (Northern Ireland)
Sheffield DocFest – Memories section (United Kingdom)
Sidney Film Festival (Australia)
Subversive Film Festival (Croatia)
Dok Fest München – Panorama section
Visions du Réel – Highlights section (International Film Festival Nyon, Switzerland)