EN - Tibo has a serious condition: boredom. He works as a nurse on a palliative care floor, and all he can think of lately is money. Once and a while, he tries to break the routine by placing bets with his co-workers on the last breath of dying patients. All in vain. One day, his colleague Anouk asks him for a favor. Whether Tibo would like to spend the day with Frans Claeskens, the only patiënt without any friends or family, because today Frans will undergo euthanasia. A big favour for everyone who knows the racist and perverted Frans Claeskens.

NL - Tibo kampt met een ernstig probleem: verveling. Hij werkt als verpleger op een afdeling palliatieve zorg en denkt de laatste tijd enkel nog aan geld. Af en toe probeert hij de sleur te doorbreken door met enkele collega’s te gokken op de laatste adem van patiënten. Tevergeefs. Op een dag vraagt één van die collega’s, Anouk, hem om een gunst. Of Tibo de hele dag wil doorbrengen met Frans Claeskens, een nukkige patiënt zonder vrienden of familie. Want vandaag ondergaat Frans euthanasie. Een grote gunst voor wie de racistische en gepeverteerde Frans Claeskens kent.


Title The Way of All Flesh
Original title De weg van alle vlees
Original version Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year of production 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-10-12


Cast Flor Decleir, Sam Louwyck, Leo Franquet, Sandrine Moponami, Lotte Diependaele, Mariëtte Van Arkkles, Goele Derick, Alioune Ngom Badara, Irene Vervliet, Pierre Van Heddegem
Photography Wim Vanswijgenhoven
Editing Thijs Van Nuffel
Sound Moustache Sound
Art director Benedict Van Acker
Costume Carmen Van Nyvelseel
Makeup Natascha Matheuwezen

Technical specs

Running time film 26'
Release format DCP, Blu-ray, HD digital file
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Café Merlo, Sabam
Production partners RITS School of ARTS Erasmushogeschool Brussel, The Fridge


2013: Film Fest Ghent (BE), International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2013: Audience award - Film Fest Ghent (BE), HUMO Award / Jury Award Flemish Competition / Audience Award Flemish Competition - International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), Winner fiction wildcard - VAF Wildcard competition (BE)

The Way of All Flesh travels east

The Way of All Flesh by Deben Van Dam has been selected for the Krakow Film Festival in Poland (25 May – 1 June). Screening in the shorts competition, the film competes for the Golden Dragon Award. The Way of All Flesh has also been confirmed for the Brussels Short Film Festival and the Tel Aviv Student Short Film Festival.

The Way of All FleshSince its première at the Film Fest Ghent end of 2013, The Way of All Flesh has gathered the awards. It won the audience award in Ghent and did so too at the Leuven International Short Film Festival in December. There, it was also awarded the Jury Prize for Best Flemish Short and the Humo Award. Finally, it was elected one of the laureates of the VAF Wildcard film prizes.

Published on Friday 18 April 2014

New batch of wildcard laureates announced

Six promising young filmmakers have been awarded a wildcard, handed out by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) through its annual VAF wildcard competition. Maaike Neuville’s Sonnet 81 and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh were laureled among the fiction shorts; Juliette Joffé received a documentary wildcard for Maybe Darkness, as did Hannes Verhoustraete for 28 Rue Brichaut. This year’s animation wildcard went to Nienke Deutz for One, Two, Three, Piano! while Miki Ambrózy’s Fabric of Time earned him a wildcard in the filmlab section of the competition.

Maybe DarknessThe wildcard competition organised by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund has already proven its value over the last few years. Its history includes previous winners such as Tom Van Avermaet (Death of a Shadow), Sahim Omar Kalifa (Land of the HeroesBaghdad Messi), Gust Van den Berghe (Little Baby Jesus of FlandrBlue Bird) and Gilles Coulier (IcelandMont Blanc).

Published on Thursday 5 December 2013

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Short info

Director Deben Van Dam
Producers Ben Vandendaele
Writers Deben Van Dam

Bekke Films
Ben Vandendaele
Handelskaai 17 Bus 11
1000 Brussels
T +32 477 63 27 46


Bekke Films
Ben Vandendaele
Handelskaai 17 bus 11
1000 Brussels
T +32 477 63 27 46

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