EN - In the cold waters of the North Sea, Leon Broucke falls overboard from his fishing boat in front of his eldest son, Jean. The old man slips into a deep coma, leaving Jean with a huge debt and responsibility for the family business. The absence of his father sets off an aftershock of conflicts between him and his two brothers: Francis is torn between his family and leaving with his secret lover; while William returns home to escape his life of crime and redeem himself. Desperate to build a future for his eight-year-old son, Jean turns to his brother’s criminal past.

NL - In het ijskoude water van de Noordzee valt Leon Broucke overboord uit zijn vissersboot, recht voor de ogen van zijn oudste zoon Jean. Leon verzeilt in een diepe coma en laat Jean achter met het familiebedrijf en een enorme schuldenberg. Na het ongeval van Leon komen tal van onuitgesproken conflicten tussen Jean en zijn twee broers aan de oppervlakte. Francis wordt verscheurd tussen de keuze voor zijn familie en zijn geheime liefde. William komt terug thuis om te ontsnappen aan zijn leven in de misdaad. Jean worstelt met zijn nieuwe rol als patriarch en keert zich tot het criminele milieu van William om een betere toekomst te kunnen geven aan zijn achtjarige zoon. Cargo is het ruwe verhaal van een gezin dat wordt gedreven tot de rand van de afgrond.

FR - Alors que le chalutier de la famille Broucke navigue dans les eaux froides de la mer du nord, Leon Broucke, son capitaine, tombe par-dessus bord à quelques mètres de son fils, Jean. Le vieil homme sombre dans un profond coma, laissant Jean avec un bateau, une énorme dette et une entreprise en faillite. L’absence du patriarche envenime les conflits entre Jean et ses deux frères : Francis le cadet d’abord, qui est tiraillé entre sa famille et son amour secret. William ensuite, le benjamin qui a du mal à se défaire de son passé criminel. Jean tente d’offrir contre vent et marée un avenir à son fils de 8 ans Vico. Cargo, c’est l’histoire intense d’une famille à la dérive.


Title Cargo
Original title Cargo
Original language Dutch, French
Status In post-production
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2017


Cast Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert, Sebastien Dewaele, Chiel Vande Vyvere, Josse De Pauw, Roland Van Campenhout
Photography David Williamson
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Matthias Hillegeer
Art director Philippe Bertin
Costume Valerie Le Roy, Charlotte Goethals
Makeup Evalotte Oosterop
Music Liesa Van der Aa
Sound design Vincent Sinceretti

Technical specs

Running time film 91'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Filmworks, Telenet, één, City of Ostend, TorinoFilmLab
Production partners Halal Pictures (NL), Chevaldeuxtrois (FR)
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka powered by Belfius


2015: Script & Pitch - TorinoFilmLab (IT)

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

GenBCargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

Published on Thursday 31 August 2017

Cargo invited to San Sebastian International Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature will compete in the New Directors programme, an international competition for first and second feature films, at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

GenB Cargo is a story about how desperation can bring a family to the edge of destruction. The film marks the debut feature of VAF Wildcard winner Coulier, who previously directed shorts such as Iceland (2009), Paroles (2010) and Mont Blanc (2013).

Published on Wednesday 19 July 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

Published on Friday 19 May 2017

Gilles Coulier starts shooting debut feature Cargo

Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

CargoCargo is the story of three brothers who are desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

Published on Monday 22 February 2016

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Director Gilles Coulier
Producers Gilles Coulier, Wouter Sap, Gilles De Schryver
Writers Gilles Coulier, Tom Dupont

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