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 - Lorsque Jonas, quinze ans, est le seul témoin du meurtre de son ami, les autres membres de son groupe de BMX se tourne vers lui pour des réponses. Mais son incapacité de répondre à leurs questions l’isole de plus en plus. Violet est un portrait visuel du deuil d’un adolescent.


Title Violet
Original title Violet
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre Drama
Year 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
User sequences directors Herman Asselberghs, Fairuz

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 takes two in Montreal

Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos has received the Daniel Langlois Innovation Award for his feature film debut Violet at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (8-19 October). The Quebec Association of Film Critics also gave the film its prize for Best Feature in the International Competition.

The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is given to a film in official competition that stands out for its daring aesthetics, creative use of new technologies or groundbreaking treatment of sensitive subject matter. In Violet, Devos portrays the grief and isolation of a teenager who has witnessed the brutal murder of his best friend.

Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Karlovy Vary invitation for Waiting for August and Violet

Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August will compete in the documentary competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July), Eastern Europe’s foremost festival. Also invited is Violet by Bas Devos, whose feature debut is set to screen in Another View, the programme dedicated to films with an unusual artistic approach.

Waiting for AugustThe documentary competition in Karlovy Vary consists of 10 feature-length films and six shorts. Waiting for August follows Georgiana Halmac, a 15-year-old Romanian teenager living with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau

Published on Wednesday 4 June 2014

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

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