EN - Lilian works at a meat factory, adding bay leaves to liver patties. Once known as 'Laura', she was a rising star in the music industry and even took part in the European Song Contest. Now she leads a secluded life in an apartment stuffed with relics from her bygone days of glory. But then 22-year-old Jean walks into her life.

NL - Liliane werkt in een vleeswarenfabriek waar ze laurierblaadjes op paté legt. Ooit was ze als 'Laura' een rijzende ster aan het firmament van het lichte lied. Ze nam zelfs deel aan de European Song Contest. Nu is ze vergeten en leidt ze een teruggetrokken bestaan in een appartement volgestouwd met relikwieën uit haar glorietijd. Maar dan ontmoet ze de 22-jarige Jean.


Title Souvenir
Original title Souvenir
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre romantic comedy, drama
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-09-08


Cast Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen
Photography Philippe Guilbert
Editing Sophie Vercruysse
Sound Yves Bemelmans
Art director André Fonsny
Costume Florence Scholtes, Christophe Pidre
Makeup Fredo Roeser
Music Pink Martini (US)

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio scope
Sound format digital 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Deal Productions (LU), Frakas Productions (BE), Avenue B Productions (FR)
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka


2016: Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême (FR); Special Presentations - Toronto International Film Festival (CA); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Film Fest Gent (BE)

2014: Berlinale Co-Production Market (DE)

2013: Paris Projects (FR)


2014: VFP Pitch Award - Berlinale Co-Production Market (DE)


  • France - ARP Sélections

BFI London takes Souvenir and Le Ciel Flamand

Peter Monsaert’s Le Ciel Flamand and Souvenir, directed by Bavo Defurne, have both been invited to the BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October). The programme also includes a documentary and several shorts from Flanders as well as various co-productions.

Le Ciel FlamandLe Ciel Flamand premiered in Toronto on 11 September, followed by a European premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. In London, Peter Monsaert’s drama about three generations of women is set to appear in the ‘Thrill’ programme of the Festival’s official selection.

Published on Thursday 1 September 2016

Souvenir carries the day in Berlinale pitching competition

Bavo Defurne’s upcoming feature project Souvenir has won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. All three nominees were pitched to the attending professionals at the co-production platform, with Souvenir taking the lead as most promising project. The prize earns the film a €10,000 grant for further development.

SouvenirThe Berlinale Co-Production Market had announced that Souvenir was among the nominees for the Highlight Pitch Award, which is given out annually by the German rights agency for film and television producers (VFF). When the project was pitched during the Talent Project Highlights today, it took home the competition main prize worth €10,000.

Published on Monday 10 February 2014

Kid charms Student Jury at Paris Cinéma

Fien Troch’s feature film Kid has won the Student Award at the 11th International Film Festival Paris Cinéma (28 June-9 July). The prize-winners were announced right before the conclusion of the festival, which ended with a screening of Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. Souvenir, the new feature film project by Bavo Defurne made the top three most popular pitches at Paris Cinéma’s co-production platform Paris Project.

KidKid is Fien Troch’s third feature film and centres around Kid, a little boy of seven, who lives with his mother and his slightly older brother Billy on a farm outside a small town. But fate strikes and the two little boys have to move in with their uncle and aunt. Kid misses his mother more than ever and wants to be with her again.

Published on Wednesday 10 July 2013

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

Pink Martini confirmed for soundtrack of Bavo Defurne’s Souvenir

The soundtrack of Bavo Defurne’s second feature film Souvenir is to be composed by the Pink Martini ensemble. Also Adriano Cominotto has been confirmed for the film’s musical score. Cominotto previously created the soundtrack of Defurne’s debut feature North Sea Texas.

fibdefurnePink Martini was created in 1994 in the United States by founder Thomas Lauderdale and brings a combination of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. The ensemble reunites some 10 to 12 musicians and had its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

Published on Monday 20 May 2013

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Director Bavo Defurne
Producers Yves Verbraeken
Writers Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken, Jacques Boon

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