EN - 11-year-old cycling fan Freddy is the son of a butcher in an idyllic village in nowhereland. When the first supermarket opens its doors in the village and organises a cycle race, the winner will get to meet Eddy Merckx. Despite his father’s opposition, Freddy races nonetheless and discovers a whole new world.

NL - Allez, Eddy! is een hartverwarmende komedie over het 11-jarige wielertalentje Freddy, zoon van een slager in een idyllisch dorpje in niemandsland. Zijn geïsoleerde leventje wordt volledig overhoop gehaald wanneer in 1975 de eerste supermarkt in het dorp zijn deuren opent. Ter gelegenheid van de opening organiseert de supermarkt een wielerwedstrijd waarbij de winnaar Eddy Merckx zal ontmoeten. Freddy’s vader is fervent tegenstander van de supermarkt en wil niets van de wedstrijd weten. Freddy schrijft zich toch stiekem in. Door deelname aan de race gaat er een nieuwe wereld open, niet alleen voor Freddy maar ook voor alle mensen om hem heen.

FR - Allez, Eddy ! est une comédie chaleureuse à propos de Freddy, un fan de cyclisme de 11 ans, fils de boucher dans un village idyllique perdu au milieu de nulle part. La vie isolée de Freddy est bouleversée lorsque le premier supermarché du village ouvre ses portes. Comme événement d’ouverture, le supermarché organise une course de vélo dont le gagnant rencontrera Eddy Merckx. Le père de Freddy, fervent opposant au supermarché, refuse d’entendre quoi que ce soit à propos de cette course. Le jeune garçon va cependant concourir. En participant, un nouveau monde s’ouvre, non seulement pour Freddy, mais aussi pour les personnes autour de lui.


Title Allez, Eddy!
Original title Allez, Eddy!
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011
World première / first public presentation 2012-03-28


Cast Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian, Jelte Blommaert, Els Dottermans, Stefaan Degand, Jelle Cleymans, Frieda Pittoors a.o.
Photography Bert Pot
Editing Els Voorspoels
Sound Dirk Bombey
Art director Wilbert Van Dorp
Costume Kristin Van Passel
Makeup Mariel Hoevenaars, Cindi Van Looveren
Music Gast Waltzing

Technical specs

Running time film 100'
Release format DCP
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Film Fund Luxemburg, NFF (Dutch Filmfund), Eurimages, Media Programme of the European Union, Tax Shelter Belgium
Production partners Jimmy De Brabant, Bob Bellion - Delux Productions (Luxembourg), Burny Bos, Ruud Van Der Heyde - BosBros (Netherlands), Martin Dewitte - Anchorage Entertainment (Belgium), Eén
Tax shelter partners Gebroeders Demasure, Garage VandeCasteele, Matexi, Cras, Imbock Kinepolis Group, Belgacom, De Dijk


  • Worldwide: HBO Europe

Allez, Eddy! Best Children’s Film at Juniorfest

Gert Embrechts’ feature film Allez, Eddy! received the Prize for Best Film for Young Children at the awards ceremony of the Juniorfest – International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Allez, Eddy!Since its release one and a half years ago, Allez, Eddy! is still going strong on the international festival circuit. Earlier this month the film was named Best International Children’s Film in Brazil, in October it was nominated for the Cinekid Jury Award in the Netherlands and last summer the film scooped an Audience Award in Long Island as well as an Honourable Mention in Italy.

Published on Friday 22 November 2013

Allez, Eddy! named Best International Youth Film in Brazil

Gert Embrechts’ feature debut Allez, Eddy! received the award for Best International Youth Film at the Mostra Internacional de Cinema which held its 37th edition in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 18-31 October. The award follows recent press reports that HBO has acquired the rights to Allez, Eddy! for its Latin American branch.

Allez, Eddy!Allez, Eddy! screened in the Youth Festival of the Sao Paulo Mostra, a division of the International Festival which aims to stimulate young people to participate in cultural events throughout the city.

Published on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Freddy races towards Cinekid nomination

Allez, Eddy! by Gert Embrechts is one of three nominees for Cinekid’s Jury Award for Best Dutch Family Film, worth €7,500. Cinekid is one the leading international children’s film events with screenings at more than 30 cities in the Netherlands and an average of 60,000 visits.

Allez, Eddy!Located in Amsterdam, Cinekid is one of the largest media festivals for children, giving them the opportunity to visit over 500 media productions selected by the festival.

Published on Thursday 24 October 2013

Audience Choice Award and Honourable Mention for Allez, Eddy!

Gert Embrechts’ feature film debut Allez, Eddy! has won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 18th Stony Brook Film Festival in Long Island, New York (18-27 July). At the same time the film grabbed an Honourable Mention, given out by the Italian press, at the Family Festival in Fiuggi, Italy (21-28 July). Furthermore, American television network HBO announced having purchased the South American broadcasting rights to the film.

Allez, Eddy!Allez, Eddy! is a heart-warming comedy set in an idyllic little village during the seventies. Jelte Blommaert portrays the 11-year-old Freddy, a cycling talent and major Eddy Merckx fan. Other roles are played by Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian and Els Dottermans.

Published on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Allez, Eddy! wins two Coming-of-Age Movie Awards

Gert Embrecht’s feature film debut Allez, Eddy! has won two Skykid.com Coming-of-Age Movie Awards. Jelte Blommaert, the male lead, won the Award for Best Newcomer, while Allez, Eddy! took home the Award for Best International Film.

Allez, Eddy! by Gert EmbrechtsImpressed by Blommaert’s impersonation of young Freddy in the film, the jury of the Coming-of-Age Movie Awards described the young actor’s performance as ‘a marvellous debut by a gifted performer’.

Published on Sunday 3 March 2013

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