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King of the Belgians
King of the Belgians (2016)

director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

With: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt, a.o.

duration: 94 minutes
Belgian Cinema Today Drama, Comedy

Gala Premières and special events

Screening dates
Sales start at 22 Sep 13:00
Film Fest Gent - King of the Belgians

In the presence of: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, Titus De Voogdt, Peter Van den Begin, Bruno Georis, Lucie Debay, Nathalie Laroche, Pieter van der Houwen

The King of the Belgians is on a state visit in Istanbul when his country falls apart. He must return home at once to save his kingdom. But a solar storm causes airspace and communications to shut down. No planes. No phones. With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world - and himself.

"An Icelandic volcano erupted and an idea was born: let's drop a Belgian King in Istanbul, stir up a natural disaster, spark a political crisis and then launch him on a homeward overland journey, incognito, that features trip-ups, show-downs and moments of grace. Displacement as the essence of comedy, in other words." (Peter Brosens en Jessica Woodworth)

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director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
screenplay: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
Editor: David Verdurme
Cinematography: Ton Peters
sound: Pepijn Aben

production company: Bo Films BVBA
Distributor: BVBA Bo Films

More info

dialogue: English, Dutch, French, Bulgarian
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: Belgium - Netherlands - Bulgaria
year: 2016

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PETER BROSENS (1962): City of the Steppes (1994), State of Dogs (1998), Poets of Mongolia (1999), The Eclipse of Sint-Gillis (2001, short), Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), La cinquième saison (2012), King of the Belgians (2016). JESSICA WOODWORTH: Urga Song (1999), The Virgin Diaries (2002), Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), La cinquième saison (2012), King of the Belgians (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85


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