EN - Belgica is the story of two brothers: charismatic and temperamental Frank - a husband, father, and incurable womaniser - and his ambitious-but-green younger brother Jo, who owns a bar called Belgica. They become business partners and quickly Belgica becomes the place to be for great music, beautiful people, and debauched fun - until they learn that running a business on this scale is more complicated than they realised, and their relationship and personal lives suffer. Belgica is an immersive experience of the excess and euphoria of being in the hottest nightclub in town. Set to the eclectic sounds of acclaimed Belgian band Soulwax, the film shows the brothers’ intoxicating ascent to success - and the crash and burn that follows. Belgica is about living in the moment and realising that moving forward is not only inevitable but necessary.

NL - Twee broers, Frank en Jo, zijn elkaar uit het oog verloren… tot Frank begint te werken in het café van Jo. Een gouden zet, want binnen de kortste keren wordt Belgica dé hotspot van het nachtleven. Een zelfverklaard oord van verderf, waar de rock-'n-roll van de bezwete muren spat. The sky lijkt the limit, voor even toch, want het nachtleven is een verslavende trip en de wereld staat nooit stil.

FR - Frank et Jo, deux frères, se sont progressivement éloignés. Ils se rapprochent lorsque Frank s’implique dans la gestion du café de Jo. A deux, ils en font rapidement le lieu incontournable de la vie nocturne: un antre de la débauche qui transpire le rock-‘n-roll et où tout semble possible. Pendant un temps du moins… car la fête ne s’arrête jamais et se transforme vite en trip addictif.


Title Belgica
Original title Belgica
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-01-21


Cast Tom Vermeir, Stef Aerts, Hélène Devos, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Boris Van Severen, Sara De Bosschere, Dominique Van Malder, Sam Louwyck, Stefaan De Winter, Silvanus Saow, Ben Benaouisse
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Nico Leunen
Sound Jan Deca
Art director Kurt Rigolle
Costume Ann Lauwerys
Makeup Diana Dreesen
Music Soulwax

Technical specs

Running time film 126'
Release format 2:35 scope
Aspect ratio 2:35 scope
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders
Production partners Topkapi (NL), Pyramide Productions (FR)


2016: World Cinema Dramatic Competition - Sundance Film Festival (US)

Sundance takes Belgica and The Land of the Enlightened

Belgica, the new film by Broken Circle Breakdown director Felix van Groeningen, is set to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (21-31 January) in Utah. A second film from Flanders, Pieter-Jan De Pue’s debut film The Land of the Enlightened, premiers in the Festival’s Documentary Competition.

The Land of the EnlightenedScripted by van Groeningen and Arne Sierens, Belgica is the story of two brothers who start a bar in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene but get carried away by its success. Stef Aerts (OxygenCub) and A Band-frontman Tom Vermeir take the lead. Belgian electronic/rock band Soulwax is responsible for the film’s original score.

Published on Wednesday 9 December 2015

Flanders Image presents "Talent 10 Watch" 2015

Autumn  2015 is set to become the busiest season ever for Flemish cinema. 10 Flemish filmmakers will present their first or second feature in the days, weeks and months to come. To celebrate their success, Flanders Image brought the 10 directors together for a photo shoot at Vilvoorde-based camera and lighting rental company Lites.

Ten to watchThe photo of the 10 filmmakers - available HERE (PSD) or HERE (JPEG) - is free of rights in HR/300dpi. (credit: Johan Jacobs/Flanders Image)

Published on Thursday 3 September 2015

Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica starts shooting

Earlier this week, Flemish director Felix van Groeningen began filming Belgica, a story about two brothers who get swept away by their own success. Last year, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.

BelgicaBelgica tells the story of Jo and Frank, two brothers who have their differences over the years but, when their paths cross once more, decide to start a bar called Belgica. The place becomes a hotspot in Belgium’s nightlife scene in no time, but both brothers threaten to get swept away by their success.

Published on Monday 8 December 2014

Belgica up next for Felix van Groeningen

Drama Belgica has been confirmed as the next feature from Oscar-nominated helmer Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown). The project recently received production money from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Principal photography is set to start this autumn.

Felix van GroeningenMid-January the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is among this year’s Foreign-language Oscar nominees. In the meantime, van Groeningen has also unveiled what is to become his fifth feature.

Published on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Matthias Schoenaerts and Stef Aerts to star in Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica

Actors Matthias Schoenaerts (BullheadRust and BoneThe Drop) and Stef Aerts (OxygenMadly in Love) are set to star in Belgica, Felix van Groeningen’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Rust & BoneThe drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene. Van Groeningen completed the script of Belgica together with Arne Sierens, who also co-wrote With Friends Like These.

Published on Tuesday 18 February 2014

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Director Felix van Groeningen
Producers Dirk Impens
Writers Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens

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