EN - Wilfried calls himself ‘King One-Eye in the Kingdom of the Blind’ - Merksplas’ prison in Belgium. The ‘blind’ are the prisoners who live without treatment and without a release date. The film intertwines five different stories in a world where time stands still and all that remains is confrontation and closed doors.

NL - Wilfried noemt zichzelf “koning Eénoog in het land der blinden”. Dit land ligt in de gevangenis van Merksplas, de blinden zijn de andere geïnterneerden die er verblijven zonder enige behandeling. In België worden geesteszieke misdadigers niet verantwoordelijk geacht voor hun daden, ze worden afgezonderd van de samenleving. Hun misdaden gaan van het in brand steken van een fiets tot moord. De datum van invrijheidstelling op hun dossier is 31/12/9999.

In de film zijn de verhalen van vijf van deze 'blinden' verweven. Ze wachten allen op hun vrijlating, troost, hoop en vrijheid. Het leven achter tralies lijkt geenszins op het leven buiten de gevangenismuren. In de gevangenis staat de tijd stil. Het enige wat hen rest is de voortdurende confrontatie met zichzelf, met hun daden en hun ziekte. Er is niks anders. We verdwijnen, samen met de personages, achter de onverbiddelijke deur. En wachten samen met hen.


Title 9999
Original title 9999
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Social / Human Rights
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-04-26


Photography Jonathan Wannyn
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Post sound Raf Enckels

Technical specs

Running time film 71' 52'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 1:2.25
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Human Rights League, The Flemish Bar Council
Production partners Lichtpunt


2014: Mooov (BE), Docville (BE), Vision du Réel (CH)


2014: Special Jury Mention - Visions du Réel (CH)

Flemish six-pack at Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival

Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.

Waiting for August TrailerAfter successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.

Published on Wednesday 28 January 2015

International Feature Award for Mihai’s Waiting for August at Hot Docs

Waiting for August, the documentary feature by Romanian-Flemish director Teodora Ana Mihai, has won the Best International Feature Award at Hot Docs, Toronto’s world-renowned documentary film festival (24 April – 4 May). Meanwhile, the film was also given a Special Mention at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland, as was Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary 9999. Finally, Before The Last Curtain Falls, a co-production with Flanders, was also awarded at Hot Docs.

Waiting For August - Hot DocsTeodora Ana Mihai’s documentary debut Waiting for August screened in Hot Docs’ international competition, alongside 12 other documentary features.

Published on Saturday 3 May 2014

Strong Flemish presence in Nyon

Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.

9999Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.

Published on Friday 4 April 2014

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Short info

Director Ellen Vermeulen
Producers Bram Crols, Mark Daems
Writers Ellen Vermeulen

Associate Directors
Bram Crols
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2140 Antwerp
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Website www.9999themovie.com
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