EN - Yvonne tries to put some new life into her failing marriage by delving into the world of Japanese pop-culture. Every morning, she prepares a cute Japanese lunchbox (or ‘bento’) for her husband Frank, who works in the waste collection centre. But Frank is more interested in his handsome male colleague and secretly throws his lunchbox away before anyone sees it.

FR - Yvonne essaie d’apporter un vent frais dans son mariage raté en se plongeant dans la culture pop japonaise. Tous les matins, elle prépare une mignonne boîte à tartine japonaise (Bento) pour son mari, Frank, qui travaille dans un centre de tri des déchets. Frank porte quant à lui son attention sur son beau et jeune collègue et jette secrètement le contenu de sa boîte à tartine avant que quelqu’un ne puisse le voir.

Info

Title Bento Monogatari (Lunchbox Story)
Original title Bento Monogatari
Original language Dutch, Japanese, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Year 2011

Credits

Cast Bea Duchateau, Dirk Lavrysen, Bram Van Outryve, Sae Nozawa
Photography Benjamin Lauwers
Editing Pieter Dirkx
Music Pieter Dirkx, Eli Dirkx

Technical specs

Running time film 27'
Release format Quicktime
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Yanna Soentjens, Jeroen Truijens
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by

Woonhaven Antwerpen, Japanse Tuin Hasselt, Brussel Net

Awards

Festival selections
2010: Cannes International Film Festival ) - Cinéfondation  (FR) / Het Grote Ongeduld! (BE) / International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)

Festival awards
2010: Canvasprijs - SCAM/SACD Publieksprijs (Het Grote Ongeduld!)

Bento Monogatari selected for Cannes

Pieter Dirkx’s graduation short Bento Monogatari (Lunchbox Story) has been selected for the Cinéfondation Programme at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May).

Bento MonogatoriBento Monogatari follows Yvonne, who is trying to put some new life into her ailing marriage by delving into the world of Japanese pop-culture. Every morning, she prepares a cute Japanese lunchbox (the 'bento' of the title) for her husband, Frank, who works in a waste collection centre. But Frank is far more interested in his beautiful young male colleague and secretly throws his lunchbox away before anyone sees it. Sharing the major roles are Bea Duchateau, Dirk Lavrysen, Bram Van Outryve and Sae Nozawa.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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Short info

Director Pieter Dirkx
Producers Pieter Dirkx
Writers Pieter Dirkx
Contact

Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design
Daphné Pascual
Groenstraat 162-184
1030 Brussels

T +32 (0)2 250 11 86
daphne.pascual@sint-lukas.be
www.sintlukas.be

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