EN - What if you eat a chair to prove something? And your whole world turns upside down after that, unintentionally?

This short tells the melancholic and wondrous tale of Gerard, who is tremendously in love with the girl next door, but doesn't have the guts to tell her. One day, he decides to do something nobody has ever done before: eat the chair he was always standing on, staring outside from the attic. From that moment, his whole life changes. He even gets famous and makes it to Hollywood, as a horror movie icon: "theee woooodmannn"!!! But the big question remains: is this the life Gerard always wanted?

A funny, slightly surrealistic and universal telling about the human desire to archieve a goal, to belong, to love and to be loved back in return. And about how stupid and ill-considered decisions can have a huge impact on someones life.

The script is loosely based on a children’s book by Edward van de Vendel and Gerda Dendooven.


Title About the Boy Who Ate an Oakwood Chair
Original title About the Boy who ate an Oakwood Chair
Original language Dutch, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama, thriller
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-08-15


Cast Gauthier Castille, Jaak Van Assche, Greg Timmermans, Hilde Uitterlinden, Tibo vandenborre, Inge Paulussen, Bert Cosemans, Francois Beukelaers, Bob De Moor, Marieke Dilles, Lize Feryn, Ben Segers, Sara De Bosschere, Tine Rhymer, Ron Cornet, Maarten Bosmans, Oona Gabriel, Bonnie Seys, Fiona Seys, Charlotte Ponseele, Sven Van der Linden, Lily Cools, Alec Van Helsuwé, Mina Meerschaut, Renske Meerschaut
Photography Bjorn Charpentier
Editing Yves Bertrand
Sound Thomas Vertongen
Art director Tim Jansen
Costume Jan Dendievel
Makeup Felke Allegaert, Fraukje Van de Wiele, Fientje Thyssen
Music Hannes De Maeyer

Technical specs

Running time film 28'07"
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray
Aspect ratio cinemascope
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


Supported by crowdfunding
Production partners Visual Creations


2016: Official Selection "Period Piece" - HollyShorts (US), Longlist for Ensor of Best Short - Filmfestival Oostende (BE), Official Selection - San Jose International Short Film Festival (US)

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Last edited by Creative Genes bvba on 12 September 2016

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Director Pieter Goethals
Producers Jimi Abidts, Pieter Goethals
Writers Pieter Goethals

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