EN - A Ukrainian father and his two sons travel from Kiev to Brussels hoping to find a better life. At their arrival, they are confronted with a harsh reality and become the victims of exploitation and degradation.
FR - Un père ukrainien et ses deux fils voyagent de Kiev à Bruxelles en espérant y mener une vie meilleure. A leur arrivée, ils sont confrontés à la dure réalité et deviennent victimes d’exploitation et d’humiliation.
|Original version||Ukrainian, Russian|
|Year of production||2011|
|Cast||Oleg Farchteyn, Stas Farchteyn, Oleg Danilov, Beterbek Sedoj Behzod, Mohamed Ouachen, David Servais, Inga Toussaint, Marina Novikova|
|Photography||Robin De Wit, Dries Deraedt|
|Running time film||12'47"|
|Aspect ratio||2.35 (scope)|
In the week the Cannes line-up was announced, Emilie Verhamme still couldn't quite believe that her short film Cockaigne had been selected for the official competition. She was also a little embarrassed, since she is only in her second year at Sint-Lukas film school in Brussels. 'I don't want people to think: "What a cocky person! In your second year, you send your movie to Cannes!" I just sent it to a lot of festivals and then totally forgot about it. But why not try?'
Her initial idea for the film involved immigrants arriving at a sea port, but the people she met while researching the project were mostly from the Ukraine, where connections with Europe are more naturally over land. So she listened to their experiences and thought again.
Emilie Verhamme’s short film Cockaigne is to screen in the Competition of the 65th Festival de Cannes (16-27 May), while Leni Huyghe’s Matteus has been selected for the fest’s Cinéfondation competition. Both films are graduation projects of the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design.
In Cockaigne (13’), Emilie Verhamme depicts the tale of a Ukrainian father and his two sons Andriy and Oleksander. Hiding in coffins, they travel from Kiev to Brussels in search of a better life.
Last edited on 14 October 2013