EN - Olli (15) is a lonely skunk who makes trouble whenever he can. He spends his days by riding his motorcycle and hanging around in the park. He lives with his grandmother because his mum was diagnosed with cancer and therefore has to stay in the hospital. Insecure about her future she suggests to throw a party in the hospital for Olli's upcoming birthday. But since Olli has no friends to invite, he first tries to find excuses to cancel this party. However, he doesn't want to let his mother down so he starts a search for people which he can invite to his sixteenth birthday party...
|Year of production||2012|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-07-21|
|Cast||Enrique De Roeck, Marthe Schneider, Yavuz Saçikara, Sara De Bosschere|
|Executive producer||Caroline van Ranst|
|Running time film||18'|
|Release format||ARRI Alexa|
|Sound format||Alexander Baert|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
Jan and Raf Roosens’s short Skunk has been selected for the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany (2-7 May). Other Flemish shorts in the Oberhausen line-up are Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award-winning animated short Oh Willy… and Herman Asselberghs’ Speech Act.
The Roosens brothers quickly made a name for themselves in the advertising world as directors. Skunk is their first short film for Antwerp-based production company Rococo. Producer was Caroline van Ranst.
Skunk, a short film by Jan & Raf Roosens, has won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival (18 – 24 January) in Park City, Utah. The jury praised the film for its ‘outstanding ensemble, emotional resonance and its bold portrayal of teenage alienation.’
The Grand Jury Sparky Award is definitely not Skunk’s first international recognition. Earlier, the short won Best Short Film at the International Film Festival of Guanajuato in Mexico and Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain. Last September,Skunk was also named Best Short Film at the Ostend Film Festival.
At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).
Time of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.
Three Flemish short films grabbed a total of six awards in one weekend at different international film festivals. Jan and Raf Roosens’s Skunk, Wannes Destoop’s Swimsuit 46 and Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef’s Oh Willy… were the lucky winners.
At the 50th edition of the International Film Festival at Gijon in Spain Skunk won the Awards for Best Director (Jan & Raf Roosens) and Best Screenplay (Bert Van Dael and Sanne Nuyens). Earlier this year the short won top honours at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico which automatically put the film on the longlist for the Oscars 2013. Also in Gijon the award for Best Actress went to Janis Vercaempt for her part in Swimsuit 46 directed by Wannes Destoop. Last year Destoop’s short film won the Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Raf and Jan Roosens’ short film, Skunk, grabbed the award for Best Short at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (20- 25 July) in Mexico. Screening in the Short Fiction section, the film received its world premiere. Moreover, its first award automatically puts Skunk on the longlist for the Oscars 2013.
Last edited on 10 April 2013