EN - A group of young BMX riders are confronted with the unexpected and violent death of Jonas, one of their friends. Fifteen-year-old Jesse was the only one to witness the incident and the others look to him for answers. His companions’ attitudes and his inability to answer their questions gradually isolate Jesse, as he copes with grief for the loss of his best friend and a growing sense of loneliness.

NL - Een groep jonge bmx'ers wordt geconfronteerd met de onverwachte en gewelddadige dood van één van hun vrienden, Jonas. Als enige getuige van diens dood, kijkt iedereen naar de 15-jarige Jesse voor antwoorden. De blikken van de anderen en Jesse’s onmacht om hun vragen te beantwoorden isoleren hem langzaam. Het verdriet om het verlies van zijn beste vriend en het groeiende gevoel van eenzaamheid bemoeilijken Jesse’s zoektocht naar troost. Violet is een visueel portret van het rouwproces van een tiener.

FR - De jeunes pilotes de BMX doivent essuyer une grande défaite.


Title Violet
Original title Violet
Original version Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre Drama
Year of production 2014


Cast César De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Sound Joost Roskam
Art director Jeff Otte
Costume Bho Roosterman

Technical specs

Running time film 82'
Release format DCP-JPEG 2000
Aspect ratio 4:3
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, CFWB
Production partners Artemis Productions, Phanta Vision


2014: Berlin International Film Festival - Generation 14plus (DE)

Violet enters CPH PIX’s New Talent Grand Pix

Bas Devos’ feature debut Violet has been selected for the New Talent Grand Pix competition of CPH PIX, Copenhagen’s prime international festival. The picture is presented as one of 10 feature debuts by promising young directors. CPH PIX’s sixth edition runs from 3 till 16 April.

VioletA competitive programme, the New Talent section brings together 10 first-time directors from around the world. An international jury is to award the best project with a cash prize of €15,000, basing its judgment on the vision and personal signature each director present in its work.

Published on Thursday 13 March 2014

Under the influence: Bas Devos

Bas devos went to film school on a hunch. 'I didn't know so much about film and I’m still not a cinephile,' he says. But halfway through his studies at Sint-Lukas in Brussels he realised that this was his medium. 'I got a strong sense that here was a something I could only say through film.' That trigger was a sequence he wanted to shoot in which the camera follows a man through a wood. Rather than treat this as a scene from a thriller, Devos wanted to strip away all the genre elements. 'It half-worked,' he recalls, 'but I just got this energy from it. That hadn’t happened before.’ Devos’ first feature, Violet, is selected for competition at the Berlinale’s Generation Programme.

Bas DevosSince graduating, Devos has made two shorts, The Close (2007) and We Know (2009), and his first feature, Violet. This follows 15-year-old Jesse (César De Sutter) through the aftermath of his best friend’s murder. ‘It’s a small portrait of grief and grieving,’ he explains. ‘It’s an attempt to make a movie that is as honest as possible about these big emotions.’

Published on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Violet takes Generation 14plus' Grand Prix in Berlin

The Generation 14plus international jury has presented the Grand Prix for best feature-length film to Bas Devos for his feature debutViolet, a visual account of a teenager’s mourning process. With the award comes a cash prize of 7,500 euro, endowed by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.

VioletViolet received the award ‘for its abstract exploration of emotions following a tragic death and because of its exquisite sculpture of cinematography’. The members of the international jury this year were Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater.

Published on Friday 14 February 2014

Berlinale takes Violet by Bas Devos

Bas Devos’ feature debut Violet is to have its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Depicting a teenager’s growing loneliness after the brutal loss of his best friend, Violet is selected for official competition in the Generation 14plus programme. Three co-productions with Flanders also join the Generation line-up: Tamar van den Dop’s SupernovaAbove Us All by Eugenie Jansen and Finn by Frans Weisz.

VioletBas Devos delivers his first feature project with Violet, a film about a group of BMX riders who are confronted with the unexpected and brutal loss of one of their peers.

Published on Wednesday 15 January 2014

VAF goes for young talent

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) approved funding for 15 projects, of which 12 feature films, two feature-length documentaries and one animated short. The list includes a number of debut features supported by experienced production companies such as a.o. Minds Meet, Savage Films and Caviar.

Four projects received script support in this round: Lampedusa, Senne Dehandschutter’s feature debut, is the gripping story of a journalist travelling from Libya to Europe with a group of African refugees. Dehandschutter already received good press for his graduation short, FertilizeTack is the new feature project by Erik Lamens (S&M Judge) about the life of Sylvain Tack and his 70s pirate radio station Mi Amigo. Peter Krüger, who recently grabbed the Grand Prize at FIFA in Montreal with his doc Antwerp Central, received support forContinental Drift. Finally, Alex Stockman (Pulsar) can start working on his new feature, Electric Blue.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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