EN - Herman and Marie, a couple in their 50s, arrive in Istanbul to collect the luggage of their recently deceased son. In his backpack, Herman discovers a logbook of his trip through Turkey and decides to re-experience his son’s final journey. He forces Marie to accompany him on what he believes will be a cathartic experience.

NL - Herman en Marie, een koppel vijftigers, komen aan in Istanbul om de rugzak van hun overleden zoon op te pikken. Wanneer ze door zijn spullen gaan, vinden ze een dagboek van hun zoons reis door Turkije. Herman besluit om het laatste spoor van hun zoon te volgen en sleept zijn vrouw mee naar een voor hen onbekend deel van de wereld in een poging om loutering te vinden.

FR - Herman et Marie, la cinquantaine, arrivent à Istanbul pour récupérer les affaires de leur fils décédé. Dans son sac à dos, Herman découvre le journal que son fils a tenu durant son voyage à travers la Turquie. Herman convainc son épouse de partir sur les traces de leur fils et l’emmène dans une Turquie inconnue, à travers un voyage qui s’avèrera cathartique.


Title 82 Days in April
Original title 82 dagen in april
Original language Dutch, English, Turkish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-08-25


Cast Marc Peeters, Karen Vanparys
Photography Rik Zang
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Sound Diego Van Uden
Art director Nadide Argun
Costume Catherine Marchand
Makeup Sara Meerman
Music Arve Henriksen
Co-producer Stienette Bosklopper

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 1:2.39 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, the Belgian Tax Shelter for film financing, Telenet, Canvas, Eye Lite, MEDIA Programme, EAVE Programme
Production partners Circe Films (NL), Mollywood (BE)


2013: Montreal World Film Festival - First Films Competition (CA), Filmfest Hamburg  - Official Selection Competition (DE), Film Fest Gent - Official Selection Global Cinema (BE), Seminci International Film Festival Valladolid - Meeting Point (ES)


2013: Special Mention of the Jury - Seminci International Film Festival Valladolid - Meeting Point (ES)

Marina seduces Spanish student jury

Marina, Stijn Coninx’ newest feature film after previous hits as Soeur Sourire and Daens, has won the Prize of the Student Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival (19-26 October). It’s the first time the prize is being awarded in the fest’s brand new youth section ‘Seminci Joven’. Also Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April had reason to celebrate in Spain, having received a Special Mention.

MarinaWith its Semicini Joven section, the Valladolid Film Fest wants to give a voice to young film lovers as they are the prime audience in cinemas but are often unaccounted for at festivals.

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Lucky number seven for Montreal line-up

With the entire programme of the Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September) now revealed, the total number of selected films from Flanders adds up to four features and three shorts. In addition to Stijn Coninx’ Marina, Jan Verheyen’s The Verdict and Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April, Joël Vanhoebrouck’s debut feature Brasserie Romantique is also set for a Montreal screening, presented in the Focus on World Cinema panorama. The short films Norman by Robbe Vervaeke and Perfect Drug by Toon Aerts, as well as the previously announced short Wolf’s Milk by Hans Vercauter, are also part of the fest’s line-up.

Wolf's MilkNext to Cannes, the Montreal World Film Festival is generally perceived as one of the most important international French-speaking film festivals worldwide. It is also the only competitive film festival in North America recognised by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

82 Days in April to debut in Montreal

Bart Van den Bempt’s feature film debut 82 Days in April has been selected for the First Films World Competition at this year's Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September). The film is to receive its world premiere at the 37th edition of the fest, while competing for the Golden Zenith.

82 Days in April82 Days in April tells the story of Herman and Marie, a married couple in their fifties, who travel to Istanbul to retrieve their recently deceased son’s backpack. Upon finding a logbook containing a detailed account of his trip throughout Turkey in his belongings, Herman decides to retrace his son’s journey and convinces his wife to join him in his attempt to find closure.

Published on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Coming out of the shadow

The Oscar nomination for Death of a Shadow is opening doors for producer Ellen De Waele, attracting new talent and bringing offers for international co-productions. Meanwhile her company, Serendipity Films, is about to release its first fiction feature, 82 Days in April. ‘It’s a very exciting time,’ she says. ‘We hope to start developing more projects, to grow and also be more active on the international level. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.’

Text Ian MundellPortrait Bart Dewaele

ellenDe Waele studied journalism and anthropology, but found neither entirely satisfying. Journalism was too shallow and the immersion required for field anthropology was too intense. So she set out to explore the possibilities of using visual means to popularise anthropology.

Published on Wednesday 5 June 2013

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Director Bart Van den Bempt
Producers Ellen De Waele
Writers Bart Van den Bempt

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