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|Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
King of the Belgians
Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria 2016
In English, French, Dutch and Bulgarian with English subtitles
Suitable for audiences all ages
|The fourth film from Belgium-based directorial duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, King of the Belgians is a royal road-trip movie in mockumentary form. This is an unexpected but very welcome change of pace for the filmmakers, whose previous fiction features - Khadak, Altiplano and The Fifth Season - were all lyrical but also rather serious and highbrow art house fare.
The premise is simple enough: During a Belgian king's state visit to Istanbul, the French-speaking part of Belgium, Wallonia, declares its independence and the country's leader needs to get home - or to what's left of it - but because of an electrical storm, the only possibility is to drive across the Balkans to Western Europe. A gonzo British filmmaker following the sovereign and his entourage captures everything on camera and has then edited the film and supplied it with a voiceover, which fills in the gaps and/or delivers acerbic commentary.
Boyd van Hoeij / The Hollywood Reporter
After the screening on 5.5. Aalto's technical students' film club Montaasi hosts a discussion about the film. Everyone is invited to participate and exchange thoughts about the film!
Director: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
Peter Brosens (born in 1962) and Jessica Woodworth (born in 1971) are two documentary directors who are, however, best known for their fictive feature films, such as The Fifth Season (La cinquième saison, 2012). Brosens and Woodworth also produce and write their films.
|Screenplay: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
Cast: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis, Pieter van der Houwen, Nina Nikolina, Valentin Ganev, Goran Radaković
Production: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth / Bo Films
Sales: Be for Films