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?
Creditsdirector: 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 infodialogue: Dutch, English
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Belgium - Netherlands - Croatia - Bulgaria
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).