The Way of All Flesh, directed by Deben Van Dam, has been selected for the Krakow Film Festival in Poland (25 May–1 June). Screening in the shorts competition, the film competes for the Golden Dragon Award. The Way of All Flesh has also been confirmed for the Brussels Short Film Festival and the Tel Aviv Student Short Film Festival.

The Way of All FleshSince its premiere at Film Fest Ghent at the end of 2013, The Way of All Flesh has been steadily picking up prizes. It won the Audience Award in Ghent and the same at the Leuven International Short Film Festival in December, where it also won the Jury Prize for Best Flemish Short and the Humo Award. Finally, Van Dam was named one of the laureates of the VAF Wildcards, Belgium’s biggest film prize.

The Way of All Flesh now travels further east, where it is set to screen at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland. Established in 1961, Krakow is one of Europe’s oldest film festivals, focusing on documentary, animation and shorts. Each year, over 250 international films are presented. The festival is also a qualifier for the Oscars as well as for the European Film Academy, which means that The Way of All Flesh has a shot at being nominated for the European Film Awards.

At the end of May, the film will also take part in the Tel Aviv Student Short Film Festival in Israel (25 May–7 June). Founded in 1986 by students of the film and television department of Tel Aviv’s university, it aims to screen and promote student-produced work. Closer to home, the film has also been added to the line-up of the Brussels Short Film Festival, alongside Kevin Meul’s Cadet; Mia, directed by Wouter Bongaerts; Sonnet 81, from Maaike Neuville; and Benoit De Clerck’s The Hunger.

For his debut short film, Van Dam has chosen to treat the serious subject of illness and euthanasia with a black-comedy approach. The film centres on Tibo, who works as a nurse on a palliative care ward. Once in a while, he and his colleagues try to break the dull routine by placing bets on who is going to die first. But one day, one of Tibo’s co-workers asks him a favour: would he spend the day with Frans, the only patient without friends or family, as he is going to undergo euthanasia at the end of the day. This is a big favour for everyone who knows the racist and perverted Frans.

Flor Decleir and Sam Louwyck (Bullhead, The Fifth Season) take the main roles. Photography is by Wim Vanswijgenhoven, and the film is edited by Thijs Van Nuffel. The Way of All Flesh is produced by Ben Vandendaele for Bekke Films (Siemiany, Subaru).

Published on Friday 18 April 2014