EN - The story of an illegal African immigrant whose journey begins in Brussels as he searches, like many others, for a better place in the world. As a result of his interaction with a cruel society, he slowly but irreversibly starts to incarnate our worst fears and become the monster we have created.

FR - L’histoire d’un immigré clandestin africain dont le voyage commence à Bruxelles, alors qu’il est, comme bien d’autres immigrés, à la recherche d’un meilleur environnement sur terre. A travers ses confrontations avec une société sévère, il commence lentement mais irrévocablement à incarner nos peurs les plus grandes et devient le monstre que nous avons créé.


Title The Invader
Original title L' envahisseur
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Issaka Sawadogo, Stefania Rocca, Serge Riaboukine, Hannelore Knuts
Photography Frank Vanden Eeden
Editing Nico Leunen
Sound Paul Maernoudt
Costume Nathalie Leborgne
Music Sacha & Evgueni Galperine

Technical specs

Running time film 95'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Stereo, Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Main producer Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart
Main production company Versus Production (BE)
Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Communauté fraçaise, Wallimages, Inverinvest
Production partners Prime Time (BE)

Flemish video artists in the spotlight at Art Cologne

This year, Germany’s international art fair Art Cologne (16-19 April) shines a light on film and video work from Flanders and Brussels. Under the title ‘Flanders Moving Image’, work by artists such as Nicolas Provost, Johan Grimonprez and Dora García will be presented.

the_invader_01_trailerThe curators are Professor Philippe Pirotte, rector of the University of Visual Arts, and Fabian Schöneich, curator at the Portikus exposition space in Frankfurt am Main; they offer a focused look into the artistic production of Belgium without emphasising a specific generation or theme.

Published on Monday 30 March 2015

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Time of My Life and The Invader grab Awards in Ostend

At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).

Still of Nic Balthazar's Time of My LifeTime of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient  Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.

Published on Saturday 15 September 2012

Invader gets Best New Director and Dutch release

Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader has won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film has now notched up six awards since its release, three of which have been for Best Director.

Still from Nicolas Provost's The Invader & trailer linkThe Seattle International Film Festival (17 May-10 June) had nothing but praise for the film: ‘From the stunning opening scene… you know that you are in the hands of a savvy provocateur. And The Invader is nothing if not a gripping, multi-tiered, provocation regarding race, cultures, class, and sex.’ Provost’s venture into feature fiction has already won him Best Director (Reflet d’Or) at the Geneva International Film Festival and Best Flemish Talent (Jo Röpcke Award).

Published on Thursday 14 June 2012

A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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Producers Antonino Lombardo
Writers Nicolas Provost, François Pirot, Giordano Gederlini

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