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King of the Belgians
Archived: 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 , Comedy, Drama

Gala Premières and special events
Film Fest Gent - King of the Belgians

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)


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

production company: Bo Films BVBA

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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