EN - On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn't bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before.

NL - Op zijn ondergang van hemel naar de hel, komt Lucifer langs het aardse paradijs, een klein dorpje in Mexico, waar de oude Lupita en haar kleindochter Maria leven. Lupita's broer Emanuel veinst zijn verlamming, zodat hij kan drinken en gokken terwijl de vrouwen de schapen hoeden. Lucifer ziet een kans Gods perfecte creatie alsnog te verwarren en speelt voor wonderbaarlijke genezer. Hij dwingt Emanuel weer te lopen, verleidt Maria en laat Lupita twijfelen over haar geloof. Hij bracht geen ongeluk, hij verlichtte enkel de lijn tussen goed en kwaad die voorheen niet bestond.

FR - Dans sa chute du ciel vers l’enfer, Lucifer passe par le paradis terrestre, un village mexicain, où une petite vieille, Lupita, vit avec sa petite-fille Maria. Le frère de Lupita, Emanuel, feint la paralysie pour pouvoir passer son temps à boire et à jouer, laissant les deux femmes seules pour garder les moutons. Lucifer y voit une opportunité et joue au guérisseur miraculeux. Il oblige Emanuel à marcher à nouveau, séduit Maria et fait douter Lupita de sa foi. Il n'a pas apporté la malchance, il n’a fait qu’éclaircir la ligne entre le bien et le mal, qui n'existait pas avant.

ESP - En su caída del cielo al infierno, Lucifer pasa por el paraíso terrenal, un pueblo en México, donde viven Lupita y su nieta María. Emanuel, hermano de Lupita, finge estar paralítico para beber y apostar mientras las dos mujeres pastorean a sus ovejas. Lucifer ve esta oportunidad y actúa como un ser milagroso con el poder de curar. Lucifer obliga a Emanuel a caminar de nuevo, seduce a María y hace que Lupita dude de su fe. No sólo trae mala suerte, ilumina la línea entre el bien y el mal donde antes no existía.


Title Lucifer
Original title Lucifer
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-10-17


Cast Gabino Rodriguez, Norma Pablo, Maria Toral Acosta, Jeronimo Soto Bravo
Photography Hans Bruch Jr.
Editing David Verdurme
Sound Matthias Hillegeer
Art director Natalia Trevino

Technical specs

Running time film 108'
Release format DCP-JPEG 2000
Aspect ratio Tondoscope
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Mollywood, Peliculas Santa Clara
Tax shelter partners CEVO.BE, B&R BOUWGROEP, ARCOSS, COVR

Flanders takes part in Karlovy Vary’s anniversary edition

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (3-11 July) boasts a rich programme including the international premiere of Perdition County, the Czech premiere of Lucifer and with Flemish filmmakers Michaël R. Roskam and Teodora Ana Mihai in attendance.

Perdition CountyGust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer, produced by Minds Meet, is scheduled to have its Czech premiere at the Festival. Raphaël Crombez, meanwhile, was invited as part of Future Frames, a new programme curated by the Festival in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP) that highlights 10 filmmakers to watch.

Published on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Lucifer lands Tribeca selection

Gust Van den Berghe’s third feature Lucifer has been selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York (17-28 April). The film will be presented in the Viewpoints programme, showcasing 12 filmmakers experimenting with identity.

LuciferLucifer received its world premiere at the Rome International Film Festival last October. The film is the final instalment in Van den Berghe’s triptych.

In the film Lucifer, on his fall from heaven to hell, unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where old Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live, and senses an opportunity to make some mischief.

Published on Friday 6 March 2015

Flanders well represented in Cleveland line-up

Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.

HalfwayHalfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.

Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).

Published on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Lucifer wins Grand Prix in Tallinn

Gust Van den Berghe’s feature Lucifer has won the Grand Prix at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia (14-30 November). This marks the first international recognition for the film, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October. The festival’s main prize comes with a grant of € 10,000  donated by the City of Tallinn.

LuciferIn the weeks following its premiere in Rome last October, Lucifer headed for various other festivals including the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, the International Film Festival in Valladolid and the Film Fest Ghent back home.

Published on Monday 1 December 2014

Marry Me and Lucifer compete in Valladolid

Kadir Balci’s Marry Me and Lucifer, directed by Gust Van den Berghe have been selected for Valladolid’s upcoming International Film Festival (18 - 25 October). Two shorts, Bad Hunter, directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh, are also in competition, while the animation film collection 12 Minutes About Peace will be shown out of competition. The Valladolid Film Festival opens with Two Days, One Night by the brothers Dardenne, a co-production with Flanders.

Marry MeAfter making his debut in 2009 with the hit film Turquaze, Kadir Balci returns with Marry Me, a film about a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. But they reckoned without their families…

Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

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Short info

Director Gust Van den Berghe
Producers Tomas Leyers
Writers Gust Van den Berghe

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Website www.luciferthefilm.com