EN - Belgium, 1978. Katja, Roxy and a group of other lively girls are too young for love but still mothers-to-be. In a hidden location, pregnant teenage girls await the birth of their babies in secret. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible but Katja, herself an orphan, clearly wants something different: she longs to have her own baby. During the long wait, the girls share each other’s joys and sorrows. But the bubble bursts when Katja becomes painfully aware of the plans that the nuns are making behind their backs.

NL - België 1978. Er is een plek die wordt verzwegen. Een zolder in een ziekenhuis waar zwangere tienermeisjes in het geheim hun bevalling afwachten. Katja, Roxy, en een stel andere levenslustige meisjes zijn te jong voor de liefde en al bijna moeder. Sommigen willen deze misstap zo snel mogelijk achter zich laten, maar Katja, die zelf wees is, denkt daar duidelijk anders over. Ze verlangt intens naar haar baby. Op de zolder delen de meisjes  lief en leed, smeden ze vriendschappen en zoeken ze afleiding in een verzonnen universum van zorgeloze dromen en mysterieuze spelletjes tijdens het lange, lange wachten.  Tot die veilige zeepbel uiteenspat.  Plots wordt Katja zich pijnlijk bewust van de plannen die achter haar rug worden gesmeed. Ze is echter niet van plan dit met haar, noch met haar baby te laten gebeuren. Little Black Spiders is een fictief verhaal, geïnspireerd op echt gebeurde feiten.

FR - Belgique, 1978. Un endroit secret: le grenier d’un hôpital dans lequel les adolescentes enceintes peuvent attendre d’accoucher en secret. Katja, Roxy, et un groupe d’autres jeunes filles adorables trop jeunes pour l’amour seront pourtant bientôt mères. Certaines veulent oublier ce problème aussi vite que possible, mais Katja, elle-même orpheline, a une idée toute autre : elle attend son bébé avec impatience. Dans le grenier, les jeunes filles partagent de bons et de mauvais moments, construisent des amitiés très profondes et essaient, au cours de la très longue attente, de se distraire dans un monde imaginaire fait de rêves sans souci et de jeux mystérieux. Jusqu’à ce que leur monde éclate. Soudain, Katja se rend compte avec effroi des plans qui sont élaborés à leur insu, et est déterminée à mettre tout en oeuvre pour que cela n’arrive à aucun des bébés. Little Black Spiders est inspiré d’une histoire vraie.

Info

Title Little Black Spiders
Original title Little Black Spiders
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012

Credits

Cast Line Pillet, Charlotte De Bruyne, Dolores Bouckaert, Ineke Nijssen, Nathalie Verbeke, Martha Vandermeulen, Romy Louise Lauwers, Marjan De Schutter, Renée Vervaet
Photography Richard Van Oosterhout
Editing Damien Keyeux
Sound Gilles Laurent
Costume Yan Tax
Music John Parish

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, één, CAA and Voo Wallimage and Bruxellimage, Casa Kafka, Cinéart, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government
Production partners Versus Production en Idtv Film

Festivals

2012: Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Ostend Film Festival (BE), Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht (NL), Valladolid International Film Festival (ES)

AFI Fest welcomes spiders and giants

Invited for the Breakthrough section, Patrice Toye’s feature film Little Black Spiders is set to screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from 7-14 November. Nicolas Provost’s short Tokyo Giants is screening in the short film competition, while Borgman and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, two co-productions with Flanders, are also part of the line-up, as isThe Congress, whose animated scenes were covered by Brussels animation studio Walking The Dog.

Little Black SpidersWith Little Black Spiders, Toye returns to the late seventies, where pregnant teenage girls are kept hidden in the attic of a hospital awaiting the birth of their baby. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, longs to have her own little family and will make sure nothing happens to her baby.

Published on Friday 25 October 2013

Vancouver hat trick for Little Black Spiders

Patrice Toye’s latest feature, Little Black Spiders, has won three awards at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (7-10 March). The film, inspired by true events, was awarded Best Feature and Best Direction as well as Best Screenwriting. In grabbing no less than three of the fest's nine awards in total, Little Black Spiders proved to be a revelation at VIWIFF.

Patrice Toye's Little Black SpidersA fictitious story, albeit inspired by true events that occurred in Belgium in the 70s, Little Black Spiders focuses on a group of lively teenage girls, too young for love but still almost mothers.

Published on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Patrice Toye awarded Best Director in Arras

Patrice Toye, director of Little Black Spiders, was awarded the Atlas d’argent for Best Director at the Arras International Film Festival in France (9-18 November). The International Jury praised Toye for her ‘immense talent and her ability to tell a sensitive and credible story’. The panel also congratulated leading lady Line Pillet for her ‘excellent performance’.

Patrice Toye's Little Black SpidersSet in the seventies, Little Black Spiders tells the poignant story of a group of teenage girls who end up pregnant and – hidden from the outside world – are awaiting the birth of their babies in an attic of a hospital ward. The film is based on true events that happened in Belgium and came to light during the eighties.

Published on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Little Black Spiders off to a good start

Patrice Toye’s new feature Little Black Spiders kicked of its release in theatres with more than 10,000 visitors in one weekend, which puts the film in the box office top 3 in most of Flanders. Little Black Spiders had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival earlier this year.

Still from Patrice Toye's Little Black SpidersAfter its successful Belgian release, the film opened in Dutch theaters on 11 October. The week before, Toye’s third feature had already received a warm welcome in the Netherlands when it closed the Netherlands Film Festival together with Nic Balthazar’sTime of My Life.

Published on Saturday 6 October 2012

Valladolid takes six

The line-up of this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (20-27 October) includes four features and two short films from Flanders. Patrice Toye’s Little Black Spiders and Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season screen in the fest’s main competition, while Peter Monsaert’s debut feature Offline and Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life compete in the Meeting Point section. The short films Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet and Robyn O. by Cecilia Verheyden are selected for main competition and Meeting Point respectively.

Still from Patrice Toye's Little Black SpidersThe Spanish fest also invited Geoffrey Enthoven, who won both the Golden Spike and the Young Jury Award last year with his film Come As You Are, to join their international jury. Both Little Black Spiders and The Fifth Season are in the running for the prestigious Golden Spike for Best Feature with a value of €60,000, while Offline and Time of My Life could win the Meeting Point Best Feature Award worth €15,000.

Published on Thursday 4 October 2012

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Short info

Director Patrice Toye
Producers Antonino Lombardo
Writers Patrice Toye, Ina Vandewijer
Contact

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1080 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 2 469 17 00
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