EN - Ceres is a poetic yet realistic documentary that follows four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. Each child lives on a remote farm in the southwest of the Netherlands and is learning the profession of their ancestors from a young age. They each dream that one day they will take over the farms of their father or grandfather. Although this dream is never doubted, as they reach the early years of puberty the outside world begins to intrude on their universe. As the seasons go by, crops are sown and harvested and animals are born and slaughtered. The children are confronted with the volatility of nature, the threat of extreme weather conditions and the cycle of life and death.

NL - Ceres is een poëtische documentaire film over vier jonge kinderen die de oogstcyclus en de kringloop van leven en dood elk op hun eigen manier ervaren. De kinderen wonen op afgelegen Zeeuwse boerderijen en dromen ervan om later boer te worden, net als hun vaders en grootvaders. Hoewel deze droom nooit in twijfel wordt getrokken, bereiken de kinderen een leeftijd waarop verleidingen van buitenaf hun isolement binnendringen en hun onvoorwaardelijke idealen kunnen beïnvloeden. Opgroeien op een afgelegen boerderij, de vooropgestelde droom om later boer of boerin te worden, het belang van familiebedrijven die generatie op generatie worden doorgegeven, afhankelijkheid van de natuur en het weer, de kringloop van de seizoenen, van zaaien en oogsten en van ter wereld brengen en slachten, vormen de kern van hun verhalen. Ceres is niet enkel een film over leven op een boerderij, de film brengt ook een verhaal over dromen, isolatie en opgroeien. Het is een intiem portret van vier kinderen dat de wereld verkent door hun ogen en kijkt naar hun relatie met mens en natuur.


Title Ceres
Original title Ceres
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre documentary
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-10-31


Cast Koen Brouwer, Jeanine De Bree, Daan Rentmeester, Sven Boonman
Photography Timothy Wennekes
Editing Sam Sermon
Sound Tim Taeymans
Music Harrold Roeland

Technical specs

Running time film 73'
Release format HD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Tangerine Tree (NL), Evangelische Omroep (EO)
Tax shelter partners Belga Productions


2018: International Film Festival Berlin (DE); Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (CA); Visions du Réel (CH); Festival di Cinema del Real (IT); Ficmec (ES); Film by the Sea (NL); BRIFF Brussels International Film Festival (BE); La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival (FR); Docville (BE); NaturVision Filmfestival (DE); Makedox (MK); Camden International Film Festival (US); Kids Film Festival (PL); Jean Rouch International Film Festival (FR); Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival (US); Budapest International Documentary Festival (HU); Boston Global Cinema Festival (US); Cinekid (NL); Film Festival Oostende (BE)


2018: Special Mention - Ficmec (ES); PZC Jury Award - Film by The Sea (NL); Special Mention - Brussels International Film Festival (BE)

Hot Docs selects three from Flanders

Three Flemish productions have been invited to Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film festival. Janet van den Brand’s Ceres, Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Cornered in Molenbeek and Yannis Van den Ecker’s Sons of the Wild will all be screened in Competition in Toronto.

Cornered in MolenbeekHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is the largest documentary film festival in North America with around 200,000 visitors each year. It is also an important meeting point for industry professionals, with a conference programme and market.

Published on Wednesday 21 March 2018

Janet van den Brand’s Ceres invited to the Berlinale

The documentary film Ceres by Brussels-based Dutch director Janet van den Brand has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February), where it will be in competition in the Generation Kplus programme.

CeresCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society.

Published on Wednesday 17 January 2018

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Director Janet van den Brand
Producers Maarten Bernaerts, Barbara Dyck
Writers Janet van den Brand

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