EN - Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father Celle and three uncles (Breejen, Koen en Lowie) at his grandmother's. After a series of failed marriages, the Strobbes moved back in with their aged mother. The all-male family lives in the filthiest shack in the unsightly town of Reetveerdegem by the principle: "God created the day and we party our way through it."Every evening Gunther joins his father and uncles in the local bar. They drink themselves into oblivion while Gunther does his lines. Then Gunther's girlfriend becomes pregnant. Can Gunther at least influence the course of his own history? Can he play a trick on fate? Can he escape the alasness of things?
FR - Gunther Strobbe, 13 ans, vit avec son père, Celle, et ses trois oncles (Breejen, Koen et Lowie) chez sa grand-mère. Après une série de mariages ratés, les Strobbes se retrouvent chez leur vieille mère, à Reetveerdegem. La famille composée exclusivement de mâles y vit dans le taudis le plus crasseux de ce triste village, selon la devise "Dieu créa le jour, et nous en profitons tous les jours". Tous les soirs, Gunther rejoint son père et ses oncles dans le bar du village. Ils boivent jusqu’à l’oubli pendant que Gunther fait ses devoirs. Gunther entretient une relation difficile avec son père. Le fils et le père arriveront-ils à se réconcilier? L’espoir est vain, puisque le père ne résistera pas à l'appel des bars de Reetveerdegem dès son premier week-end de sortie. L’amie de Gunther est enceinte. Gunther peut-il influencer un tant soit peu le cours de sa propre histoire ? Saura-t-il jouer un mauvais tour au destin et échapper à la merditude des choses?
|Original title||De Helaasheid der dingen|
|Year of production||2009|
|Cast||Koen De Graeve, Johan Heldenbergh, Wouter Hendrickx, Bert Haelvoet, Valentijn Dhaenens, Kenneth Vanbaeden, Gilda De Bal|
based on the novel of Dimitri Verhulst
|Running time film||100'|
|Aspect ratio||1:2.35 (scope)|
|Sound format||Dolby SR|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, MEDIA-EACEA|
2010: Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA) / Göteborg International Film Festival (SWE) / Cinema Mundi (CZE) / Hong Kong International Film Festival (CHN) / Istanbul International Film Festival (TUR) / CPH:PIX International Film Festival Copenhagen (DNK) / Mosaico d'Europeo Film Festival (ITA) / Crossing Europe Film Festival (AUT) / Incontri Cinematografici Stresa (ITA) / Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (CZE) / New Zealand International Film Festival (NZE) / Melbourne International Film Festival (AUS) / Vooravond Student Kick Off (BE) / Warsaw International Film Festival (POL) / Leeds International Film Festival (GBR) / Osaka European Film Festival (JPN)
2010: Golden Tulip Award voor Beste Film (Istanbul International Film Festival) / Beste Film, Beste Acteur (Koen De Graeve), Beste Acteur in Bijrol (Wouter Hendrickx), Beste Debuut (Kenneth Vanbaeden), Publieksprijs (Vlaamse Filmprijzen 2010)
2009: Prix Art et Essai (Cannes International Film Festival ) / Beste Film, Beste Mannelijke Acteur (Koen de Graeve & Kenneth Vanbaeden), Publieksprijs (CINESSONNE ) / L'Amphore d'Or voor Beste Film (Festival du Film Grolandais) / Jo Röpcke Film Award (Flanders International Film Festival Ghent) / Golden Starfish Award Best Film, Zickerman Foundation Award Best Photography, Kodak Award Best Scenario (Hamptons International Film Festival) / Publieksprijs (International Film Festival Bratislava)
Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie Romantique, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Offline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.
Both Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.
At film school students are taught that a movie is made three times. You write it, you shoot it, and you edit it. Felix Van Groeningen never forgot this lesson. At every stage of filmmaking, the director will push things to the limits. He writes versions of the same story until he goes crazy himself. While shooting, he keeps on going until the whole crew is exhausted. And while editing he takes radical measures to get to the point where the film is the rollercoaster it was intended, but never foreseen to be.
What sets Felix Van Groeningen’s heart racing is the moment when he can match an actor with a role. ‘When I see those two things come together, for me it’s like the feeling of falling in love,’ he says capturing that sence of excitement in a performance is what his cinema is all about. ‘At the moment itself, in front of the camera. It has to touch me. The director of such films as The Misfortunates and The Broken Circle Breakdown is happy to admit that he finds writing difficult and that visual style is not uppermost in his mind when conceiving a film.
When everything comes together there’s nothing to beat being a film producer. ‘Finding an audience with a good film is amazing,’ says Dirk Impens of Menuet. It’s a big kick. It’s orgasmic.’ Impens felt the love early on in his career with Daens, which was nominated for an Oscar, and more recently with Felix Van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates, which was a huge success at home and in festivals abroad. Van Groeningen’s latest, The Broken Circle Breakdown, rolls out internationally at the Berlinale.
However, Impens wasn't so sure it would happen with van Groeningen's most recent movie. Where The Misfortunates attracted a young audience with its mix of comic bad behaviour and deep emotion, The Broken Circle Breakdown is about a more sobering subject: a couple driven apart when their small daughter develops a terminal illness.
Earlier this week, the NY Disappearing Act IV European film festival confirmed both Felix van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates and Nanouk Leopold’s Brownian Movement for the fest’s screening bill. It’s the very first time that the NY festival selects Belgian cinema from Flanders and they enthusiastically signed up for two films.
The Disappearing Act IV European film festival is organized by a number of European cultural organizations in the framework of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in New York. The festival will screen 25 contemporary films from all over the Old Continent.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has approved funding for eight fiction feature projects in different stages of development this month. The list contains both established names such as Felix van Groeningen (The Misfortunates) and Caroline Strubbe (Lost Persons Area) as well as these of emerging talents.
Half of the greenlighted projects are still in the early stages of development and have received scriptwriting support. Lee & Cindy C., a tragicomedy on rock’n roll dreams and unpredictable love, will be produced by Eyeworks Film & TV drama and scripted by Stany Crets (Old Belgium). Manu Riche receives script funding for a feature film project titled Problemski Hotel.
Last edited on 17 April 2013