EN - Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer for their band, ‘The Feminists’. A well-known writer seems like the right guy for the job: only problem is, he can't play the drums. He joins the group anyway but, soon after his arrival, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardise the band’s fragile future.

FR - Trois musiciens de rock handicapés cherchent un batteur pour leur groupe, The Feminists. Un écrivain renommé semble être la personne indiquée pour le travail mais son seul handicap est qu’il ne sait pas jouer de la batterie.  Néanmoins, il rejoint le groupe. Peu de temps après son arrivée, des disputes personnelles et des querelles familiales commencent à mettre en péril le futur fragile du groupe.


Title Ex Drummer
Original title Ex drummer
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2007


Cast Dries Vanhegen, Norman Baert, Sam Louwyck, Gunter Lamoot, Dolores Bouckaert, Jan Hammenecker, Wim Williaert, François Beukelaers
Photography Glynn Speeckaert
Editing Manu Van Hove
Music Millionaire, Flip Kowlier, Arno

Technical specs

Running time film 102'
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by

CZAR, Quad Productions (FR), Mercurio Cinematografica (IT)


2010: Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Spoleczno-Kulturalnych (Association for social-cultural initiatives) (PL)


2008: Gold Jury Prize For Best First Feature - Montreal Festival Fantasia (CA)
2007: Fresh Blood Award / Audience Award - Fantasy Film Festival (DE) / Best Debut Feature - Independent Voices - Raindance Film Festival (US) / Jury Prize - Warsaw International Film Festival (PL)

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

Koen Mortier in focus in Paris

Koen Mortier's 22nd of May is celebrating its 15th festival invite thanks to the film's selection for the Étrange Filmfest (2-11 September) in Paris. In addition to 22nd of May, the festival is also showing Mortier's debut feature, Ex-Drummer, and a selection of his shorts as part of a special on the Flemish helmer. Furthermore there are plans for a French release of both 22nd of May and Ex Drummer in theatres and on DVD respectively.

Sam Louwyck in Koen Mortier's 22nd of May22nd of May has been selected for the festival's New Genre Competition. The fest, which is held at the prestigious Forum des Images, praises the director’s career: ‘Mortier launched his cinematic career late in life, at the age of 30, with experimental short films such as Ana Temnei (1993) and A Hard Day’s Work (1995). […] His career path surprisingly mirrors that of Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor).”

Published on Monday 22 August 2011

Ex Drummer opens in New York

Koen Mortier’s controversial debut feature Ex Drummer is to open in New York on 3 March. The film will screen at reBar’s reRun, the hot independent movie theatre in Brooklyn.

Still from 22nd of MayIn Ex Drummer, three disabled rock musicians are searching for a drummer for their band, The Feminists. A well-known writer seems like the right guy for the job, but his only handicap is that he can't play the drums. He joins the group anyway, but soon after his arrival, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardise the band’s fragile future.

Published on Monday 28 February 2011

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Director Koen Mortier
Producers Koen Mortier, Eurydice Gysel
Writers Koen Mortier

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