Les Attendants

In mining, a slag heap refers to an artificially raised hill consisting of the cleared waste that accumulates during the extraction of raw materials. Birch trees now grow where workers from near and far once went underground to labour hard for very little money. Nowadays, this is a place where men meet to have anonymous sex and share moments of intimacy. “I think he was gay too,” says one of these men about his father who was a miner. Today, as in the past, those who cannot find shelter elsewhere live here. Home is far away, returning is impossible. Human beings need more than water and a tent.


  • Runtime

    15 min
  • Country

    France, Indonesia, Singapore
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Minh Quý Truong
  • Cast

    Gérard Thomas, Jean-François Geneste, Souleymane Sanogo
  • Production Company

    Le Fresnoy Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, LEVO FILMS
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film

Biography Minh Quý Truong

Born in Buôn Ma Thuột, Vietnam in 1990, he is an alumnus of the Busan International Film Festival’s 2012 Asian Film Academy and the 2016 Berlinale Talents. Traversing the borders between documentary and fiction, his films draw on childhood memories and the history of his Vietnamese homeland. He is currently undertaking research into analogue and new media at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France.

Filmography Minh Quý Truong

2013 Someone Is Going To Forest; short film | 2014 Mars In The Well; short film | 2014 Déja-Vu; short film | 2015 The City of Mirrors; short film | 2015 How Green The Calabash Garden Was; short film | 2016 The City of Mirrors: a fictional biography | 2017 The Sublime of Rectum; short film | 2019 The Tree House