EN - Driven by memories of the past, an elderly Russian man undertakes his final journey. But his desire to put the pieces of his childhood together fades away as reality proves disturbing and alienating. Hope returns when he finds himself standing in a room filled with forgotten memories.

FR - Poussé en avant par les souvenirs du passé, un vieil homme russe entreprend son dernier voyage. Son souhait de rassembler les éléments de son enfance s’efface lorsque que la réalité s’avère aliénante et bouleversante. L’espoir revient lorsqu’il se trouve au centre d’une pièce remplie de souvenirs oubliés.


Title Antwerp
Original title Антверпен
Original language Russian
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Piet Deyaert/Peter Van Goethem
Editing Piet Deyaert/Peter Van Goethem
Music Joris Van Damme

Camera: Piet Deyaert/Peter Van Goethem
Co-production company: Platform+

Technical specs

Running time film 22'
Release format Beta Digit
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Piet Deyaert/Peter Van Goethem/Ian Knors
Colour Colour


Supported by

City of Antwerp


Festival selections: IDFA 2011

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Peter Van Goethem
Producers Sam Plompen
Writers Peter Van Goethem

Freshwater Films
Sam Plompen
Borstelsstraat 23
3010 Kessel-Lo

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