EN - Alost, Belgium in 1893: in the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions. There is a rising number of fatal accidents. Nette, a younger worker, leads a wildcat strike. She enlistst Father Adolph Daens' help. Daens has an article published on working conditions. It has an explosive effect. With repercussions all the way to Parliament. A Committee of Inquiry is set up despite the opposition of Charles Woeste, President of the Conservative Catholic Party. Woeste organizes a campaign to discredite the Priest : local complicity, Church hierarchy, and the diplomatic offensive led by King Leopold II himself resulting in Pope Leo XIII's repudiation of Father Daens. After a final onslaught by Charles Woeste, Father Daens is obliged to choose between the Priesthood and his political activities. Nette, who had always been at his side, persuades him not to give up but to continue the struggle.

NL - Daens is een epische, ontroerende en aangrijpende film over het leven van een priester in de 19e eeuw en zijn verbeten strijd tegen de Kerk en de burgerij om het ellendige lot van duizenden uitgebuite textielarbeiders te verbeteren. In zijn strijd tegen het onrecht en de onmenselijke arbeidsomstandigheden botst hij op de gevestige orde die Daens liever kwijt dan rijk is. Priester Daens richt teneinde raad een eigen partij op en wordt door het Vaticaan uit zijn priesterambt ontslagen.

FR - Alost (Belgique) 1893. Dans les usines, les homes, femmes et enfants travaillent 13 heures par jour dans des conditions atroces. Le nombre d’accidents mortels augmente. Nette, une jeune ouvrière, entame une grève sauvage. Elle fait appel à l’aide du Père Adolph Daens. Daens a publié un article sur les conditions de travail. Il a l’effet d’une bombe qui a des répercussions jusqu’au Parlement. Une commission d’enquête est mise en place malgré l’opposition de Charles Woesdte, président du Parti Catholique Conservateur. Woest organise une campagne afin de discréditer le prêtre : Complicité locale, hiérarchie épiscopale et une offensive diplomatique dirigée par le roi Leopold II en personne, qui aboutit à la répudiation du père Daens par le Pape Léon 13. A la suite d’une attaque ultime de la part de Charles Woeste, Père Daens est obligé de choisir entre la prêtrise et ses activités politiques. Nette, qui a toujours été à ses côtés, le persuade de ne pas laisser tomber et de continuer la lutte.

Info

Title Daens
Original title Daens
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 1992
World première / first public presentation 1992-02-25

Credits

Cast Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje De Boeck, Wim Meeuwissen, Michaël Pas, Johan Leysen, Brenda Bertin, Jan Steen, Idwig Stéphane, Linda Van Dijck, Wim Meuwissen, Julien Schoenaerts, Jappe Claes, Karel Baetens
Photography Wather Vanden Ende
Editing Ludo Troch, Ewin Ryckaert, Ann Van Aken
Sound Henri Morelle
Art director Allan Starski
, Hubert Pouille
Costume Yan Tax

Makeup Winnie Gallis, Dick Naastepad
Music Dirk Brossé

Technical specs

Running time film 134’
Release format 35mm
Other available formats betacam sp, digital betacam, dvd
Aspect ratio 1.1:66
Sound format Dolby SR
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Favourite Films, Investco & Kredietbank Luxemburg, Films Dérives, Titane, Shooting Star Filmcompany, Brtn Fictie – Kro Drama, Eurimages

Festivals

2013: Festroia International Film Festival of Sétubal (hommage to Jan Decleir) (PT); Festival Paris Cinéma (panorama longs métrages belges) (FR)

2010: Europees Filmfestival (PE); Cinéma du Peuples (MA); Festival Du Cinéma Belge (LU); Openlucht Screening (BE)

1994: Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); International Film Festival of India (IN); Festival of Perth (AU); Cape Town International Film Festival (ZA); International Istanbul Film Festival (TR); International Film Festival Saint-Petersburg (RU)

1993: Semaine Cinéma Européen Bujumbura (BI); Filmfest Emden (DE); Boise River Festival Idaho (US); Filmfest München (DE); Jerusalem Film Festival (IL); Haugesund Film Festival (NO); Montréal Film Festival (CA); Brisbane Film Festival (AU); Toronto International Film Festival (CA); Taejon Expo '93 International Film Festival (KR); Copenhague Film Festival (DK); Umea Film Festival (SE); Pontevedra Film Festival (ES); Shanghai Film Festival (CN); Warsaw Film Festival (PL); Festival du Film Européen Kigali (RW); Puerto Rico Film Festival (PR); European Film Festival Ottawa (CA); Vienna International Film Festival (AT); International Film Festival Budapest (HU); International Film Festival Tavira (PT); European Film Academy (FELIX) (EU)

1992: La Biennale di Venezia (IT); Film Art Festival Ljubljana (SI); Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Rueil (FR); Chicago International Film Festival (US); Valladolid International Film Festival (ES); Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (FR)

Awards

1993: Cultural ambassador of Flanders (BE); Fonske (BE); Best Actress in a Leading Role - International Film Festival Tavira (PT); Special Prize of the Jury - La Mostra Internacional de Cine do Xacobeo Pontevedra (ES); Best Actor in a Leading role - International Film Festival of Shanghai (CN); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Director - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Film - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize of the Audience - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE)

1992: Prix Media Italia 1992 Special Mention of the OCIC Jury - La Biennale di Venezia (IT); Gulden Spoor Prize - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Aigle d'or - Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Rueil (FR); Special Award for Best Cinematography - Chicago International Film Festival (US); Silver Spike Most Popular Film Prize - Valladolid International Film Festival (ES); Prix par le vote du public - Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (FR); KRO Film Prize (NL); Prix de la ville de Bruxelles - Prix Femina belge du cinéma (BE)

Kid in competition at Paris Cinéma

Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.

kidFien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.

Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline 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.

Madly in LoveBoth 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.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

The Fortunate One

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.

dirkimpensmagHowever, 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.

Published on Wednesday 15 May 2013

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