EN - Following a brief affair, gym teacher Jurgen decides to marry his fellow teacher Sibel. But that's not what their families expected: Jurgen's Flemish parents don't understand why their only son dumped his previous girlfriend to marry a colleague; while Sibel's Turkish brother is agitated by her impulsive decision. Jurgen and Sibel look forward to their big day. But are they marrying not just each other, but their families as well? A comedy about French fries and baklava; about marriage and trust; about Flemish modesty versus Turkish temperament.

NL- Jurgen Vindevogel, leraar L.O., heeft zijn knappe collega, juf Sibel Koç, na een korte affaire ten huwelijk gevraagd. Voor de ouders  van beide twintigers komt de trouw als een complete verrassing. Jurgen is het enig kind van Marie-Jeanne en Harry die niet snappen waarom Jurgen zijn vorige vriendin liet zitten voor een collega. Kemal, de broer van Sibel, is geërgerd door zijn impulsieve zus. Hij is overtuigd dat het huwelijk niet lang zal duren. Maar Sibel en Jurgen zijn smoorverliefd en kijken dan ook enorm uit naar een prachtig trouwfeest. Maar dat is buiten de druk, de verwachtingen en de twijfels van hun families gerekend. Wordt het écht de schoonste dag van hun leven? Of trouwen Jurgen en Sibel niet alleen met elkaar maar met de hele familie?

Trouw met mij is een warme komedie over een heel bijzonder trouwfeest.


Title Marry Me
Original title Trouw met mij
Original language Dutch, Turkish
Status In post-production
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre comedy
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2015-01-24


Cast Dries De Sutter, Sirin Zahed, Burak Balci, Rudi Delhem, Anouk David
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Paul Heymans
Art director Thorsten Sabel
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Diana Dreesen
Music Moritz Schmittat

Technical specs

Running time film 90'


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Stad Gent, Media, de Franse Gemeenschap, Telenet
Production partners Man's Films, VRT
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka


2015: The Official Maverick Feature Film Competition - Cinequest Film Festival (US)

2014: Meeting Point - Valladolid International Film Festival (ES)

Cinequest presents five from Flanders

Geoffrey Enthoven’s HalfwayPlan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.

HalfwayMarry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.

Published on Friday 30 January 2015

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

26 feature projects in the pipeline

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) recently approved funding for 26 feature-length fiction projects. The list includes much anticipated projects, such as Stijn Coninx’s Marina and Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land, that can start production. Dominique Deruddere’s Flying Home and Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens’ Kebab Royal also received development support, while Lucifer by two-time Cannes selected director Gust Van den Berghe and Marry Me by Kadir Balci got script funding for their next projects.

Bogdan Dreyer's The IdiotEpidemic, the production company behind Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May and Ex Drummer, received production support for both Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears and Waste Land, a new film by Pieter Van Hees (Dirty MindLeft Bank). Brussels-based production outfit Savage Film (Bullhead) can start production on Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, while A Private View (Oxygen) is set to shoot Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, which was written by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and Pat Van Beirs (who both scripted Moscow, Belgium).

Published on Monday 19 December 2011

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Director Kadir Balci
Producers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo
Writers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Kadir Balci

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