White Elephant

One of 15 films on Tambay's Cannes 2013 predictions list that will not be premiering at Cannes is a feature documentary titled White Elephants, which is a working title.

We've been following the intriguing upcoming documentary for about a year, since it was in pre-production.

Directed by Belgian/British director Kristof Bilsen, the Congo (DRC)-set documentary feature is an expansion of Bilsen's critically-acclaimed short film White Elephants, and centers on the Central Post-Office in Kinshasa, and its employees.

"This grandiose relic of the colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen time-warp from which they are planning their escape. From past to present, through the cracks in the walls, and leaks in the ceilings, we glimpse present-day Congo."

The feature received lots of financial support from grant-giving institutions over the last couple of years, and began shooting about a year ago.

Last we checked, in the summer of 2012, a projected spring 2013 release date was said to eyed.

Bilsen has released a brand-new 4-minute preview trailer of the film, which looks like a beautifully-composed and shot, meditative work of film.