EN - Christmas Eve 1951. Werner and Mylène are looking forward to a cosy evening of turkey and presents when the doorbell rings. This is the beginning of a night full of surprises where nothing is what it seems to be.

FR - Réveillon de Noël 1951. Werner et Mylène s’attendent à passer une soirée agréable faite de dinde et de cadeaux, lorsque la sonnette retentit. C’est le début d’une soirée pleine de surprises où rien n’est en réalité ce qu’il semble être en apparence.


Title The Bloody Olive
Original title The Bloody Olive
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Category Shorts
Year 1996


Cast Gène Bervoets, Veerle Van Overloop, Frank Focketyn, Guy Dermul
Photography Philip Van Volsem
Editing Ewin Ryckaert
Art director Gert Stas
Costume Katleen Geerinck
Makeup Ingeborg Van Eetvelde
Music Hans Helewaut

Technical specs

Running time film 10'
Release format 35 mm
Aspect ratio 1:85
Colour B & W



1998: Third Prize - Festival Cine de Granada (ES); Audience Award, Canal+ Award - Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BE); Certificate of Merit Winner - San Francisco International Film Festival (US); Best Photography - Festival International du Film de Comédie Vevey (CH)

1997: Special Mention of the Jury - Surprise International Short Film Festival (TW); Audience Award, Prix Télécinéma (RTBF), Best Photography, SABAM Award - Brussels International Film Festival (BE); Special Recognition Award, Audience Award-Honorable mention - Aspen Filmfest (US); Prix Spécial du Jury - Festival de Cinéma d'Alès (FR); Youth Award - Dresden Film Festival (DE); Forum Preise - Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (DE); Audience Award - Augsburger Short Film Weekend (DE); Second Prize at Cinema Jove Valencia (ES); Audience Award - International Short Film Festival Vila do Conde (PT); First Prize of the Jury of the Young - Regensburg Short Film Week (DE); Audience Award - Noir in Festival (IT)

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

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