EN - Alex unexpectedly finds herself at a crossroads when her mother abandons her father who has dementia. As she moves back in the parental house to look after him, she starts questioning her own life and marriage. Does she want to stay with her adulterous husband? Is she really happy with him, or should she, like her parents, drop the facade? Facades is a gripping drama about secrets, marital problems and childhood traumas.

NL - Alex staat onverwacht op een kantelpunt in haar leven wanneer haar dementerende vader in de steek gelaten wordt door haar moeder. De behulpzame Alex trekt bij hem in en stelt daardoor haar eigen leven en huwelijk in vraag. Wil ze bij haar ontrouwe man blijven of niet? Is ze wel echt gelukkig bij hem of moet ze, net als haar ouders, de façade laten vallen? Façades is een beklemmend drama over geheimen, huwelijksperikelen en jeugdtrauma’s.

FR - Quand son père, atteint de démence, est abandonné par sa mère, Alex décide de revenir vivre dans la maison parentale. Là, elle commence à s’interroger sur sa propre vie et son mariage. Est-ce qu’elle a envie de rester avec un mari qui la trompe ? Est-elle vraiment heureuse avec lui ? Ou devrait-elle, comme ses parents, laisser tomber le masque ? Façades est un drame captivant sur les secrets de famille, les problèmes conjugaux et les traumatismes liés à l’enfance.


Title Facades
Original title Façades
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-10-14


Cast Natali Broods, Johan Leysen, Theo Maassen
Photography Anton Mertens
Editing Bert Jacobs
Sound Stijn Jacobs
Art director Hubert Pouille
Costume Catherine Marchand
Makeup Li Dang Vu
Music Raygun

Technical specs

Running time film 92'
Release format DCP
Sound format 5.1 Dolby
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Gardner and Domm (BE)


2018: Atlanta Film Festival (US); Cinequest (US); Seattle International Film Festival (US); Cleveland International Film Festival (US)

2017: Film Fest Gent (BE); PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EE)


2018: Best script - Scenaristengilde (BE)

Cinequest presents six from Flanders

Five film productions and a VR project from Flanders have been selected for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in San Jose, California (27 Feb –11 March).

Many HeavensJan Matthys’ Many Heavens has been selected for Cinequest’s main line-up, the Dramatic Feature Competition, while Hilde Van Mieghem’s Speechless and Nathalie Basteyns’ and Kaat Beels’ Facades will be competing for the Global Vision Award.

Published on Friday 26 January 2018

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

Published on Friday 19 May 2017

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Director Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns
Producers Pieter Van Huyck, Ivy Vanhaecke, Saskia Verboven, Marijke Wouters
Writers Jan Pepermans

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