EN - A dark malevolent fable about Camiel Borgman, who arrives as an outsider in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a growing gallery of distortion around the careful facade constructed by an arrogant wealthy couple, their three children and their nanny.

NL - Camiel Borgman is een donkere vertelling waarin het personage Camiel Borgman centraal staat. Hij arriveert als een buitenstaander in de omheinde lanen van een villawijk. Zijn komst is het begin van een reeks verontrustende gebeurtenissen rond de zorgvuldig opgetrokken façade van een arrogant, welgesteld echtpaar, hun drie kinderen en het kindermeisje.

FR - Camiel Borgman est le personnage principal de cette histoire sombre. Il arrive tel un étranger dans les rues condamnées d'une cité moderne. Son arrivée marque le début d'une série d'évènements inquiétants qui se produisent à proximité de la façade d'un couple aisé et arrogant qui vit avec ses trois enfants et leur gardienne.


Title Borgman
Original title Borgman
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-07-18


Cast Jan Bijvoet, Hadewich Minis, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Jeroen Perceval, Gene Bervoets, Tom Dewispelaere
Photography Tom Erisman
Editing Job Terburg
Sound Peter Warnier
Art director Geert Paradis
Music Vincent van Warmerdam

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Graniet Film (NL), Angel Fims (DK)


2013: Cannes Film Festival (FR), Ostend Film Festival (BE), Bozar Brussels (BE), Toronto Film Festival (CAN), Tokyo International Film Festival (JP), Serbia Film Festival, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (FR), Netherlands Film Festival (NL), Film Festival Lund (SE), International Fantastic Film Festival Sitges (ES)


2013: Golden Tower Award - Serbia Film Festival, Méliès d'Argent for Best European Fantastic Film - Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (FR), Golden Calf Best Film & Best Screenplay & Best Actress - Netherlands Film Festival (NL), Best Film - Film Festival Lund (SE), Best Film - International Fantastic Film Festival Sitges (ES)

Death of a Shadow enters Meliès d’Or competition

Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow has been awarded the Silver Meliès at the Leeds International Short Film Festival, making it an official candidate for the Meliès d’Or competition, taking place at the film festival of Sitges next October.

Death of a ShadowVan Avermaet attended the Leeds International Film Festival being invited as a jury member for the Short Film City competitions, including the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince and World Animation sections.

Published on Monday 18 November 2013

AFI Fest welcomes spiders and giants

Invited for the Breakthrough section, Patrice Toye’s feature film Little Black Spiders is set to screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from 7-14 November. Nicolas Provost’s short Tokyo Giants is screening in the short film competition, while Borgman and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, two co-productions with Flanders, are also part of the line-up, as isThe Congress, whose animated scenes were covered by Brussels animation studio Walking The Dog.

Little Black SpidersWith Little Black Spiders, Toye returns to the late seventies, where pregnant teenage girls are kept hidden in the attic of a hospital awaiting the birth of their baby. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, longs to have her own little family and will make sure nothing happens to her baby.

Published on Friday 25 October 2013

Chicago delivers its verdict

The Verdict by Jan Verheyen, which recently grabbed Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Fest, is selected for Official Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). Also Toon Aerts’ short Perfect Drug and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, co-produced with Flanders, were added to the line-up.

The VerdictReceiving its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival end of August, The Verdict was well received by press and audiences. In its review, Variety lauded Verheyen’s film as an ‘accomplished drama’ while Screen International described The Verdict as ‘moody and atmospheric, favouring an edgy colour palette’.

Published on Wednesday 18 September 2013

More from Flanders at TIFF

In addition to the wholly Flemish films on view this year, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard section also features two co-productions with Flanders, both through Koen Mortier and Eurydice Gysel’s Brussels-based production company Epidemic: Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman (pictured) and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears.

Still from Alex Van Warmerdam's BorgmanBorgman premiered at Cannes this year and stars Flemish actors Jeroen Perceval, Jan Bijvoet, Tom Dewispelaere and Gene Bervoets. The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is written and directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, with a cast including Sam Louwyck (The Fifth Season22nd of May) and Hans De Munter.

Published on Friday 30 August 2013

Talent counts at TIFF

Flemish actors will be appearing in some of the most eagerly awaited films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Matthias Schoenaerts (BullheadRust and Bone - pictured) stars in Guillaume Canet’s re-edited Blood Ties which is to receive a Gala Presentation at the fest.

Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust & Bone Johan Leysen, known for his role in The American, stars in François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful. Leysen is also one of the leads, together with Koen De Bouw (The Memory of a Killer), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Jappe Claes (Dossier K.), in Montreal World Film Fest sensation The Verdict by Jan Verheyen.

Published on Thursday 29 August 2013

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Director Alex van Warmerdam
Producers Eurydice Gysel
Writers Alex van Warmerdam

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