EN - On the northern coast of Peru, an exotic branch of agriculture has sprung up: asparagus farming. Glacier water is diverted from mountain streams to the parched desert soil of Trujillo so that the asparagus can grow. Peruvians aren't fond of asparagus so the harvest is almost entirely exported to richer countries in the North.

FR - Sur les côtes du nord du Pérou, une forme exotique d’agriculture a vu le jour : la culture des asperges. De l’eau des glaciers ruisselle des montagnes et se répand sur le sol desséché de Trujillo. De cette manière, les asperges peuvent pousser. Les Péruviens ne sont pas friands des asperges et les récoltes sont presqu’entièrement exportées dans les pays plus aisés du Nord. Dans ce documentaire, nous suivons le cycle de production à un niveau local et observons la vie de fermiers et d’ouvriers qui essaient de survivre en gagnant seulement entre 2 et 5 Dollars américains par jour.


Title Asparragos
Original title Asparragos
Original language Spanish
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Laura Zuallaert
Editing Kenneth Michiels

Technical specs

Running time film 14'
Sound format Finn ziegler


Welcome Home and Little Black Spiders Flemish eye-catchers in Montreal

Tom Heene’s Welcome Home, which only recently received an invitation to Venice, and Patrice Toye’s Little Black Spiders are the Flemish eye-catchers at the 36th World Film Festival in Montreal (23 August-3 September). Heene’s debut feature will be screening in the First Films World Competition, while Toye’s film will be celebrating its world premiere in the prestigious Focus on World Cinema section. In total, no less than 10 Flemish (co)productions were confirmed for the Canadian fest’s line-up.

tom heene welcome homeWith selections for both Montreal and the International Critics’ Week in Venice, filmmaker Tom Heene has pulled off an impressive feat. In Montreal’s First Films World CompetitionWelcome Home is in the running for one of three Zenith Awards. Producer of Welcome Home is Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Brussels-based production company even has a second film screening in Montreal: minority co-production The World Belongs to Us by director Stephan Streker was confirmed for the Focus on World Cinema programme.

Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Corbijn doc joins Berlinale line-up

Klaartje Quirijns’s documentary Anton Corbijn Inside Out has been selected for the 62nd edition of the Berlinale International Film Festival (9 – 19 Febr). The Documentary will screen in the ‘Berlin Special’ section of the fest which also hosts films by Werner Herzog and Kevin Macdonald. Flemish co-producer of the documentary is Brussels-based production outfit Savage Film which recently scored an Oscar Nomination for Michaël R. Roskam's feature debut Bullhead.

Klaartje Quirijns's Anton Corbijn Inside OutAnother Flemish co-production in Berlin is Nicole Van Kilsdonk's Taking Chances, which has been selected for Generation Kplus. Meanwhile Laura Zuallaert's short film Asparragos was picked for the Culinary Cinema section of the fest. The Berlinale screening of Anton Corbijn Inside Out on 17 February will also be the film’s World Premiere. Quirijns states that ‘she always tries to make films about people. Anton is a photographer, but I’ve approached him just as I would one of my characters, be it a weapons dealer, someone who wants to get dictators before a court or someone vying for peace. They are all people fighting a battle, with others, with a political system or as with Anton, with himself.’

Published on Monday 23 January 2012

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Director Laura Zuallaert

Laura Zuallaert
Kriekenbergweg 17
3010 Kessel-Lo

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