EN - 1985: Georges is a born stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. Always. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, he senses his chance as tens of thousands of believers will be attending a Holy Mass and the adjacent Café Derby is up for rent. Georges is convinced that a fortune can be made there, but his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before…

NL - 1985. Georges is een geboren marktkramer. Als gedreven commerçant verkoopt hij alles, altijd, aan iedereen. Wanneer hij hoort dat de paus naar België komt, ruikt hij zijn kans. Naast het terrein waar tienduizenden gelovigen een openluchtmis zullen bijwonen, staat Café Derby te huur. Georges weet zeker dat hier een klein fortuin te verdienen valt. Maar zijn vrouw en vijf kinderen zijn niet meteen overtuigd. Het zou de zoveelste verhuis zijn in veel te korte tijd. Maar als Georges zijn zinnen op iets zet..

Café Derby vertelt het tragikomische verhaal van een lichtjes maar vrolijk gestoorde familie, geïnspireerd op waar gebeurde feiten.


Title Café Derby
Original title Café Derby
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre coming of age
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-09-11


Cast Chloë Daxhelet, Wim Opbrouck, Monic Hendrickx, Charlotte De Wulf, Zinya Van Reeth, Ezra Fieremans, Robbe Langeraert, Andres Doise, Ben Segers, Geert Van Rampelberg, Dirk Van Dijck, Günther Lesage, Marc Van Eeghem, Jan Decleir, Hugo Van Den Berghe
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Thomas Pooters
Sound Jan Deca
Art director Hendrik Van Kets
Costume Vanessa Evrard
Makeup Diana Dreesen
Music Lady Linn

Technical specs

Running time film 101'
Aspect ratio Scope 2:35
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, het Agentschap Ondernemen, Vlaanderen in Actie
Production partners Kinepolis Film Distribution, Lumière Publishing, Medialaan, Proximus
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka Pictures


2016: Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (CA), International Film Festival of Aubagne (FR), Cleveland International Film Festival (US)

2015: Ostend Film Festival (BE), Film by the Sea Vlissingen (NL), Netherlands Film Festival (NL), The Hamptons International Film Festival (US), Noordelijk Film Festival Leeuwarden (NL), BE Film Festival (BE)


2016: Best Feature / Best Directing / Best Cinematography / Best Editing - Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (CA), Best Actor / Best Actress - International Film Festival of Aubagne (FR)

Café Derby wins again

Café Derby, the semi-autobiographical feature debut of director Lenny Van Wesemael, has won two prizes at the 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Aubagne (14-19 March) in France. Wim Opbrouck was named Best Actor, while newcomer Chloë Daxhelet won the prize for Best Actress. One week earlier, Café Derby picked up four awards at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, including the one for Best Film.

Café Derby“I’m very happy that the film’s two main actors have won a prize,”, said Lenny Van Wesemael as she thanked the festival jury on behalf of Wim Opbrouck in a video message that also featured young Chloë Daxhelet.

Published on Sunday 20 March 2016

Café Derby wins four prizes in Vancouver

Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut feature Café Derby has picked up four prizes at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (8-13 March). It not only won the award for Best Feature, but also took home the prizes for Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

Lenny Van WesemaelCafé Derby was chosen to open the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival on International Women’s Day (March 8). Van Wesemael is the first Benelux director to receive the honour of opening the Festival. Her semi-autobiographical story charmed audiences and impressed the jury of four independent film professionals.

Published on Tuesday 15 March 2016

Cleveland takes four from Flanders

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

The ArdennesFollowing recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

Published on Tuesday 8 March 2016

Café Derby to open Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Lenny Van Wesemael’s Café Derby is to open the 11th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, which runs from 8-13 March. The director’s coming-of-age story will have its Canadian premiere in Vancouver. This is the first time a film by a Benelux filmmaker has opened the event.

Café DerbyInspired by the story of her own father and the visit of Pope John Paul II to Belgium in 1985, Van Wesemael’s first feature film tells the story of a happily deranged family. Wim Opbrouck plays the main role of Georges, a born stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. Always.

Published on Monday 1 February 2016

Café Derby and Paradise Trips off to Aubagne

Lenny Van Wesemael’s Café Derby and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens have been selected for the Features Competition at the International Film Festival in Aubagne, France (14-19 March). Both first-time directors are in the running to win one or more of the awards - for Best Film, Best Script, Best Director and Best Musical Score - annually handed out by the Festival, which focuses mainly on film music.

Paradise TripsDavid Van der Heijden arranged the original score of Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, which follows a grumpy bus driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his final trip. The soundtrack of Café Derby was written by Belgian singer Lady Linn.

Published on Tuesday 26 January 2016

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Director Lenny Van Wesemael
Producers Dirk Impens
Writers Lenny Van Wesemael, Geert Verbanck

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