EN - Near the port of Antwerp lies the village of Doel, which has been in the way of the megalomaniac expansionary urges of Antwerp for decades and now finally has to disappear. While Doel is slowly dying, the elderly Emilienne attempts to keep up a pretence of normality. At her kitchen table village life continues as if nothing has changed. But when her close friends leave, the village priest dies and demolition begins, the end seems inevitable.

FR - Près du port d’Anvers se trouve le village de Doel. Durant des décennies, celui-ci a gêné le désir expansionniste mégalomane d’Anvers et doit maintenant disparaître. Alors que Doel meurt à petit feu, Emilienne, la doyenne du village essaie de simuler un semblant de normalité. Depuis sa table de cuisine, la vie du village continue comme si rien n’avait changé. Mais lorsque ses amis proches s’en vont, que le prêtre du village meurt et que la destruction commence, la chute semble inévitable. Va-t-elle finalement être forcée à lâcher prise ?

Finalement, An Angel in Doel aborde la question du combat de l’homme contre l’inévitable : sa propre mortalité. 


Title An Angel in Doel
Original title De engel van Doel
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Daniël Bouquet, Diderik Evers
Editing Tom Fassaert
Music Tobias Borkert

Technical specs

Running time film 72'
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Victor Horsting, Jan Willem van den Brink
Colour Black & white


Supported by

Filmfonds, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), MediaFonds, Omroep Zeeland, Canvas

Blue Bird and The Invader nominated in Göteborg

Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird have been nominated for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January-6 February). The festival also selected Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel in Doel in the Dokumentärt and Visionärer sections respectively.

Still from The Invader, feature of Nicolas ProvostA total of eight films from around the world were nominated for the prestigious award. With two Flemish filmmakers nominated out of eight, Belgian cinema from Flanders clearly demonstrated its vibrancy and talent. The Ingmar Berman International Debut Award is awarded to “a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

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Short info

Director Tom Fassaert
Producers Willem Thijssen
Writers Tom Fassaert

Willem Thijssen
Begijnenvest 59
2000 Antwerp

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