Quentin Ravelli // France // En production
// 90 min // Couleur // HD

Jaquette Bricks

In Spanish, ladrillo means bricks. It used to mean boom, construction, production, speculation. Today, ladrillo means crisis: disused clay pits, factories that are closed half of the year, ghost-towns, subprime mortgagers facing eviction. Bricks shows how the life of a simple commodity can be the mirror of a global crisis, and tells the story of people who come up with individual and collective strategies to overcome a seemingly desperate situation.



Quentin Ravelli is a young sociologist. Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, he conducted his doctoral research on the pharmaceutical industry and is currently working at the French national center for scientific research (CNRS). He is also a successful novelist, under the name of Clément Cagliari: both his first and second novels, Retrait de marché (2011) and Gibier (2013) have been published by Gallimard in the prestigious NRF collection. With his first film Bricks, he’s mixing sociology, political economy and ethnography to tell the story of the spanish crisis.

Director's note

In Spain, when bringing up the financial crisis, the media talks more often about the « ladrillo », the « bricks », than Wall Street or City traders. The brick has been personified, endowed with human vices and virtues: you can be a « King of ladrillo », a « victim of ladrillo» or a « ladrillo profiteer ». The spanish language’s inventiveness goes so far as to suggest a new verb: someone or something can end up being « enladrillado ». After having written two novels about commodities that are emblematic of a particular economy -beetroots in communist Hungary and a miraculous antibiotic during the post-war boom in France- my curiosity was aroused by this personification of bricks. I started to travel across Andalusia and Castilla, taking on a sociological approach. There, I was struck by the sight of gigantic piles of bricks discarded by the roadsides, stretching endlessly in front of dozens of factories. They were echoing in a fascinating way the « for sale » signs hanged all over Spain on windows with closed shutters. Most spanish housing is made of clay bricks, and entire cities and dozens of villages lived off their production. Today, for miles around you can see disused industrial land sand red clay pits. These impressive pictures and the incisive words of the Spanish people I met along the brickroad have inspired me to make a film: the brick would serve as a guide to understand contemporary capitalism, to feel its upheavals as well as the often amazing individual and collective strategies it engenders everyday. In a world accustomed to statistics and unemployment rates curves, I believe that we need to rely on very concrete things to put the human being back at the centre of our concerns. Therefore, starting from a simple commodity, this film will be set in the context of the current crisis, as lived and told by the inhabitants of Spain.


With the participation of Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée

 And the support of

Région Ile de France in collaboration with le Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée

CNRS Images

PROCIREP- société des producteurs


Fonds d’Aide à l’Innovation Audiovisuelle of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée


Documenta Madrid
Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas (Histoire de production)
Festival Jean Rouch


 It's official, The other side of everythingby Mila Turajlic will do it's World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival !

After a mondial premiere at Documenta MadridBricks by Quentin Ravelli will be presented at the Etats Généraux du Film documentaire de Lussas and at the Festival Jean Rouch.

We are proud to anounce that Specters are haunting Europe,will be presented at  Documenta14 KasselEtats Généraux du film documentaire de LussasFestival Jean Rouch, and Gindou Cinéma this summer !


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