EN - Local stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder flees to a picturesque village called Bevergem. Why? Nobody knows. He doesn’t talk about it. The contrast between him and the grotesque residents could not be greater. In anticipation of the annual town festival, tempers become frayed. But Freddy doesn’t care: he just hopes his hide-out is secure.

NL - Bevergem is een pittoresk dorp met groteske bewoners, gedreven door misplaatste ambitie, nijd en ijdelheid. Op zekere dag neemt stand-upcomedian Freddy De Vadder er zijn intrek. Waarom? Dat weet niemand. En hij doet er zelf ook het zwijgen toe. Maar het contrast tussen Freddy en de kleinmenselijke Bevergemnaars kan niet groter zijn: in de aanloop naar de jaarlijkse dorpsfeesten raken de gemoederen nogal verhit, maar de farao der foertzeggers slaat alle heisa gade en blijft te allen tijde de onbewogen beweger.


Title The Natives
Original title Bevergem
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category TV series
Genre comedy drama
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-09-30


Cast Bart Vanneste (stand-up comedian), Maaike Cafmeyer, Wim Willaert, Piet De Praitere (stand-up comedian), Ann Tuts, Ilse De Koe, Han Coucke (stand-up comedian), Sébastien Dewaele, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Wannes Cappelle (stand-up comedian), Dries Heyneman (stand-up comedian), Isabelle Van Hecke, Anemone Valcke
Photography David Williamson
Editing Joris Brouwers
Sound Matthias Hillegeer
Art director Kurt Rigolle
Costume Valérie Le Roy
Makeup Alexandra Kourline
Music Bert Ostyn

Technical specs

Running time series 8 x 45'
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, VRT/Canvas, The Belgian Tax Shelter

The Natives takes home three Flemish Television Stars

Last weekend The Natives took home three prizes at the awards ceremony of the Flemish Television Stars. The series from production company De Wereldvrede was voted Best Comedy Series. In addition, scriptwriters Bart Vanneste, Dries Heyneman, Wannes Cappelle and Gilles Coulier were awarded the prize for Best Script in Fiction, while Flemish actress Ann Tuts was presented with the award for Best Actress.

The NativesThe eight-part series depicts the eccentric inhabitants of a picturesque village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity. When stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder comes to town, everything changes.

Published on Sunday 24 April 2016

The Natives nominated for a Rockie Award

The Natives, the absurdist fiction series directed by Gilles Coulier, has been nominated for a Rockie Award in the category Comedy Series. Also nominated in the Reality section is Flemish comedy show The Idiots. The prizes are awarded at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada each year as part of one of the most prestigious competitions for television and digital content. The winners will be announced on June 14.

The NativesThe Natives competes in the category Comedy Series against five other international titles, including The Big Bang Theory and HBO’s Sillicon Valley. In the eight-part series, Gilles Coulier depicts the deranged inhabitants of a picturesque small village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity.

Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Gilles Coulier starts shooting debut feature Cargo

Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

CargoCargo is the story of three brothers who are desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

Published on Monday 22 February 2016

The Natives invited for Rotterdam’s Episodic/Epidemic

Comedy drama series The Natives has been selected for Episodic/Epidemic, a new section at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 27 January – 7 February) which explores the interface between film and television.

The NativesThe Cronenbergian title of the programme refers to the idea that TV series have become such a cultural and economic force that they spread like a virus. A follow-up to the Changing Channels programme at IFFR, this new section showcases series that feel like cinema, investigating how thin the line between film and television has become.

Published on Tuesday 12 January 2016

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

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Short info

Director Gilles Coulier
Producers Gilles Coulier, Gilles De Schryver
Writers Gilles Coulier, Bart Vanneste, Wannes Cappelle, Dries Heyneman

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