EN - Two brass bands, the Flemish ‘St. Cecilia’ and Walloon ‘En Avant’, are contenders for national pre-selection for the final of the European Union’s Best Brass Band contest. The Walloons are blown into the final by Hugues, their exceptionally talented trumpet player; while Willy of the Flemish band hits the highest note after the band’s final chord, but afterwards drops dead on stage. But Elke, daughter of St. Cecilia's conductor, has an idea about how to beat the competition.

NL - De Vlaamse harmonie Sint-Cecilia en het Waalse En Avant zijn allebei geselecteerd voor de grote Europese finale. Wanneer de solist van Sint-Cecilia dood neerstort op het podium heeft Elke, dochter van dirigent Jozef, een idee om alsnog hun finale te redden: de fantastische trompettist Hugues weghalen bij de Walen.

FR - L'harmonie flamande Sainte-Cécile et l'harmonie wallonne En Avant sont toutes deux sélectionnées pour représenter la Belgique à la grande finale européenne. Mais quand le soliste de Sainte-Cécile s’éteint brusquement sur le podium, Elke, la fille du chef d'orchestre flamand, a une idée pour sauver la finale: se payer Hugues, le fabuleux trompettiste de leur concurrent wallon.


Title Belgian Rhapsody
Original title Brabançonne
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-12-10


Cast Amaryllis Uitterlinden, Arthur Dupont, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Tom Audenaert
Photography Danny Elsen
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Sound Carlo Thoss, Nicolas Tran Trong, Michel Schillings
Art director Gert Stas
Costume Kristin Van Passel
Makeup Claudine Moureaud
Music Steve Willaert

Technical specs

Running time film 95'
Release format DCP
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, het Agentschap Ondernemen, Vlaanderen in actie, Film Fund Luxembourg, le centre du cinema et de l'audiovisuel de le fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles en de VOO, the Belgian Tax Shelter, Kinepolis Film Distribution
Production partners Samsa Film, Entre Chien et Loup, VIER


2016: Filmfest DC (US); Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (US); Chicago Film Festival (US); Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); European Film Festival (ZA)

2015: Comedy Cluj IFF (RO); International Film Festival Emden-Norderney (DE); Festival des Film du Monde Montréal (CA); Tubingen IFF (DE), Itérances Ales (FR); International Film Festival d'Arras (FR); Ensors (BE)


2015: Bernhard Wicki Award - International Film Festival Emden-Norderney (DE); Best Actress (Amaryllis Uitterlinden) - Ensors (BE)


  • Japan: Fine Films (Theatrical, TV, Video, VOD)
  • South-Korea: SEED (Theatrical, TV, Video, VOD)
  • Turkey: MOR (Theatrical, TV, Video, VOD)
  • France: Paradis Films (Theatrical, TV, Video, VOD)
  • Taiwan: B-Side Ent (Theatrical, TV, Video, VOD)

Belgian Rhapsody and Nkosi Coiffure on their way to DC

Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody and Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure have both been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), with Belgian Rhapsody featured as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament and The White Knights, two co-productions with Flanders, are also in the programme.

Belgian RhapsodyFilmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

Published on Friday 1 April 2016

Paradise Trips and Belgian Rhapsody travel to Palm Springs

Raf Reyntjens’ debut feature Paradise Trips is to have its North American premiere as part of the New Voices/New Visions section of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (1-11 January). The line-up also includes the US premiere of Belgian Rhapsody, directed by Vincent Bal.

Paradise TripsThe New Voices/New Visions section showcases 12 films from emerging international directors making their feature film debut. Among them is Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, a film about a grumpy coach driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his last journey before retiring.

Published on Friday 18 December 2015

France’s Arras Film Festival ends on a musical note

Belgian Rhapsody, Vincent Bal’s romantic musical comedy about two rival Belgian brass bands, is to close this year’s Arras Film Festival in France (6-15 November). The line-up also includes Jan Bultheel’s animated feature Cafard. Both films are to have a French theatrical release later this year.

Belgian RhapsodyIn the summer, the Montreal World Film Festival created a precedent by offering Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody the festival’s closing slot. The Arras Film Festival will end on an equally cheerful note in choosing the musical comedy as this year’s closing film.

Published on Friday 23 October 2015

N – The Madness of Reason, Waste Land main winners at the Ensors

Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.

N - The Madness of ReasonWaste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.

Published on Sunday 20 September 2015

Waste Land and Paradise Trips lead Ensor noms

Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens are the frontrunners for this year’s Ensor awards. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Waste LandWaste Land tops the list with a spectacular 13 nominations (inc. Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Jérémie Renier) and Best Actress (Natali Broods)), followed by Paradise Trips with nine nominations (inc. Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor (Gene Bervoets)).

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

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