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The Barefoot Emperor
Archived: The Barefoot Emperor (2019)

director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

With: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, a.o.

duration: 98 minutes
Comedy, Satire

Gala Premières and special events

In 2016 Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens collaborated on the unexpected mockumentary 'King of the Belgians', that recounted the tale of the fictional Belgian kind Nicolaas III, whose country breaks apart in his absence - while the king is away on a state visit to Turkey, Wallonia declares its independence. The absurd story of the king on the road, desperately trying to get home, was largely overlooked in Belgium itself, but internationally applauded. The directing-duo now returns with the equally enjoyable sequel to 'The King of the Belgians': 'The Barefoot Emperor'. The second film on Nicolaas III pushes the boundaries between satire and reality even further. The king somehow finds himself responsible for keeping the pieces of a collapsing Europe singlehandedly together. Can he -or can the film- reunite a disconnected continent?


director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
producer: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
screenplay: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
Editor: David Verdurme
Cinematography: Ton Peters

production company: Bo Films BVBA

More info

dialogue: Dutch, English
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Belgium - Netherlands - Croatia - Bulgaria
year: 2019

Official site


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), The Barefoot Emperor (2019). JESSICA WOODWORTH: Urga Song (1999), The Virgin Diaries (2002), Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), La cinquième saison (2012), King of the Belgians (2016), The Barefoot Emperor (2019).

Technical Specs

format: DCP

Other festival films by director Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

2016:King of the Belgians


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