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Film Fest Gent - Souvenir
Archived: Souvenir (2016)

director: Bavo Defurne

composer: Pink Martini
With: Isabelle Huppert, Johan Leysen, Kévin Azaïs, a.o.

duration: 90 minutes
Belgian Cinema Today , Music/Musical, Romance

Gala Premières and special events

Isabelle Huppert plays a has-been chanteuse who once tasted Eurovision success and meets a hunky young boxer while working in a pâté factory. Who needs more? The project already won an award for best pitch at the Berlinale. Film-maker Bavo Defurne ('North Sea, Texas') again wrote the story with Jacques Boon and Yves Verbraeken, his partner and regular producer. Piers Handling, the long-established director of the Toronto International Film Festival, proclaimed that "the unusual relationship drama is handled exquisitely by the director, who guides this beautifully observed battle of perspectives so subtly that its understatement becomes, alongside Huppert, its greatest strength." Warning: Huppert's theme song 'Je dis oui!' will get stuck in your head for days. (R.D.)

Film Fest Gent will sign off in style with the official Closing Night. After the jury announces the winners, the evening starts with 'Souvenir'. After the film, you will be welcomed to a gala reception in the VIP area. Afterwards, Goodlife gets the party started. Tickets for the afterparty have sold out, but tickets for the film screening are still available (€13)


director: Bavo Defurne
composer: Pink Martini
producer: Yves Verbraeken
screenplay: Jacques Boon, Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken
Editor: Sophie Vercruysse
Cinematography: Philippe Guilbert

production company: Bonjour Pictures

More info

dialogue: French
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: Belgium - Luxemburg - France
year: 2016


BAVO DEFURNE (1971): Atlantis (1990, short), Rohypnol (1992, short), Trailer (1993, short), Ludodrome (1993, short), Aan zee (1993, short), Particularly Now, in Spring (1996, short), Rainbow Stories (1997, segment: Saint), Saint (1997, short), Matroos (1998, short), Campfire (2000), Courts mais Gay: Tome 2 (2001, segment: Campfire), Courts mais Gay: Tome 4 (2002, segment: Saint), North Sea Texas (2011), Souvenir (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP

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