EN - Ben is mildly autistic and a sitting duck for the school bullies. Inspired by a mystery girl on the web and fuelled by his signature video game, he takes his own unique revenge.

NL - Ben is anders. Zijn leven zit vol vreemde rituelen. Hij lijkt te leven in zijn eigen universum, dat zich voor meer dan de helft afspeelt in de wereld van online computergames. In de echte, harde wereld van een technische school is het leven voor hem een dagelijkse hel, met twee kerels die hem het leven bijna letterlijk onmogelijk maken. Ben heeft een plan. Een plan van één woord: moord! Dan komt zijn internetvriendin Scarlite in zijn leven. Dat behoorde niet tot het plan.

FR - Ben est un autiste léger et le souffre-douleur des racailles de l’école. Il veut crier sa douleur à ses persécuteurs et à tous les spectateurs silencieux. Inspiré par la fille mystérieuse du web et par son personnage de jeu vidéo, il prend sa revanche. En plein dans le mille!


Title Ben X
Original title Ben X
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2007
World première / first public presentation 2007-09-26


Cast Greg Timmermans, Laura Verlinden, Marijke Pinoy, Pol Goossen, Titus De Voogdt, Maarten Claeyssens
Photography Praga Khan
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Music Maurice Engelen - Praga Khan

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Dutch Film Fund, Media Plus, KFD, Bridge Entertainment Group, Telenet


2010: European Film Festival (RO); Cycle of Belgian Film (HR); Best of Fest (US)

2009: Medcine/Festival de Cinema Médico de Cascais (PT)

2008: Festival Espoirs Mulhouse (FR); Festival Espoirs Mulhouse (FR); Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); Sedona Film Festival (US); Wisconsin Film Festival (US)

2007: Middle East International Film Festival (AE); Montreal World Film Festival (CA)


2010: Official Best of Fest Award - Best of Fest (US)

2009: Winner International Cinema Section - Medcine/Festival de Cinema Médico de Cascais (PT)

2008: Public Prize, Prix du Conseil Général - Festival Espoirs Mulhouse (FR); Fipresci Prize of the International Filmcritics - Istanbul International Film Festival (TR); Heineken Red Star Award - Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); Director's and Audience' Choice Awards for Best Foreign Film - Sedona Film Festival (US); Public Prize, Prix du Conseil Général - Wisconsin Film Festival (US)

2007: Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film - Middle East International Film Festival (AE); Grand Prix Las Americas, Public Prize, Ecumenical Jury Prize - Montreal World Film Festival (CA)

Swedish remake Ben X premiers in Stockholm

IRL, the Swedish remake of Nic Balthazar’s feature film Ben X starring celebrity kids Valter Skarsgård and Alba August is to première in Stockholm. It’s the first remake for Balthazar’s 2007 hit film, while there are also talks for an American and German version.

IRLBen X features Ben who’s mildly autistic and therefore a sitting duck for the school bullies. Inspired by his mystery girl on the web and fuelled by his signature video game, he takes revenge.

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Cleveland honours Nic Balthazar

Nic Balthazar was presented with a Someone to Watch Award for his entire oeuvre so far. The Flemish director received the award during his visit to the International Film Festival of Cleveland (3-14 April), where both Ben X and Time of My Life screened. Since 2003 the festival annually chooses one or more rising film professionals.

nicb‘It’s a tremendous honour and quite funny that the festival decided to show my entire oeuvre’, states a smiling Nic Balthazar. ‘But their timing couldn’t be any better. The general reaction to Time of My Life has been very positive and intense. After Palm Springs we were rather curious to see how the Midwest would respond tot such a tricky subject as euthanasia. But the way the film has been received out here is overwhelming. Getting the chance to tell this story abroad has always been one of our main objectives.

Published on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Eye on Flanders in Les Arcs

All eyes are on Flanders at this year’s European Film Festival in Les Arcs (15-22 December), with the fest organising a Focus on Belgium. No less than eight Flemish features, as well as three shorts are part of the focus. Belgian Cinema from Flanders is also well represented at the Arc 1950 coproduction forum with three projects on the bill. Additionally, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season is screening in the International Competition in Les Arcs and therefore in the running for a Crystal Arrow.

The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica WoodworthFor its fourth edition, the European Film Festival in Les Arcs chose to add a Focus on Belgium to its line-up. Chaired by Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, who after Cannes’ International Critics’ Week is also artistically leading the Tribeca Film Festival, the selection committee in Les Arcs nominated eight Flemish feature films and three shorts.

Published on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Ben X to get Swedish remake

Erik Leijonborg is to direct the Swedish remake of Nic Balthazar's award-winning feature debut, Ben X. Principal photography is set to start on 26 March in the Stockholm region. Balthazar's second feature, Time of My Life, receives its international market premiere this Saturday at the EFM in Berlin.

Greg Timmermans as Ben X (Nic Balthazar) stillBen X won the Grand Prix des Amériques as well as the Audience Award and the Ecumenical Jury Award at the 2007 Montréal World Festival. The film was also the very first to win the Black Pearl at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Besides touring festivals around the globe, including the 2008 edition of Generation 14+ at the Berlinale, Ben X also sold to over 50 territories. Producers of the Swedish make-over are Martin Söder and Tomas Bäckstrom for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama AB. Alex Haridi (DepartureMiss Kicki) adapted the original screenplay written by Balthazar.

Published on Friday 10 February 2012

Ben X adaptation lauded at Sicily fest

Ben X, Nic Balthazar’s award-winning feature debut, continues to score following its premiere at the World Film Festival of Montréal in 2007. This week, the film received the prestigious Efebo d’Oro at the 33th Film Festival of Agrigento in Sicily (17-21 October). Balthazar is currently working on his second feature, Time Of My Life, which is currently set for a January 2012 release in its home territory.

Still from Nic Balthazar's Ben XThe Efebo d’Oro, which is awarded to successful book adaptations, has in the past been won by such distinguised international filmmakers as François Truffaut, Claude Lelouch, Giuseppe Tornatore and Manoel de Oliveira. Ben X is based on director Nic Balthazar’s own theatre play and book Niets is alles wat hij zei (Nothing Is All He Said) which, in addition to being adapted for the screen, has also been translated into Italian and published in Italy.

Published on Tuesday 18 October 2011

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