EN - “It will be difficult to continue this story of mine. I don't even know if it is a story. It is difficult to call this a story, this constant... clustering and falling apart... of elements...” - from Kosmos by Witold Gombrowicz

Loosely based on the book of the same name by Polish author Witold Gombrowicz, the story of the Gesù convent in Brussels which, up until November 2013, was home to around 250 people, including a number of Roma families originating from Slovakia. Over the months leading up to their impending eviction, Ruben Desiere worked with a number of the inhabitants to create a film focusing on the family of Kevin Mroč.

NL - “Het zal me moeilijk vallen het verdere verloop van deze geschiedenis te vertellen. Trouwens, ik weet niet of het wel een geschiedenis is. Men kan het nauwelijks een ‘geschiedenis’ noemen, een dergelijk voortdurend… zich opeenhopen en uiteenvallen… van elementen…” - Uit Kosmos van Witold Gombrowicz

Tot november 2013 biedt het Gesùklooster in Brussel onderdak aan ongeveer 250 personen. Onder hen bevindt zich een grote groep Roma, oorspronkelijk afkomstig uit Slowakije. Terwijl een uitzetting van de bewoners steeds waarschijnlijker wordt, werkt Ruben Desiere met een deel van hen aan de film Kosmos, vrij gebaseerd op de gelijknamige roman van de Poolse schrijver Witold Gombrowicz. De film focust op het gezin van Kevin Mroč, dat drie jaar in Gesù woonde, en twee nieuwkomers, Mižu Balázs en Rasto Vaňo.

FR - « Il me sera difficile de raconter la suite de cette histoire. D’ailleurs je ne sais pas si c’est bien une histoire. On hésite à appeler « histoire » une telle… accumulation et dissolution… continuelle… d’éléments… » - Cosmos de Witold Gombrowicz

Kosmos se déroule dans le Couvent du Gesù à Bruxelles, où environ 250 personnes, dont de nombreuses familles Roms d’origine slovaque, se sont réfugiées jusqu’en novembre 2013. Ruben Desiere y tournait un film, basé sur le roman Cosmos de l’écrivain polonais Witold Gombrowicz, avec la participation d’une partie des occupants. Pendant le tournage, l’expulsion des occupants devient de plus en plus probable. Le film se concentre sur la famille de Kevin Mroč, qui a habité au Gesù pendant 3 ans, et sur deux nouveaux arrivants, Mižu Balázs et Rasto Vaňo.


Title Kosmos
Original title Kosmos
Original language Romani
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-06-22


Cast Vladimír Balázs, Rastislav Vaňo, Eva Mroćová, Bartolomej Mroč, Kevin Mroč, Marta Dunová, Nassar Khelil
Photography Ruben Desiere
Editing Ruben Desiere, Elias Grootaers
Sound Nina de Vroome, Hannes Verhoustraete, Rasmus Van Heddeghem, Olivia Rochette, Timeau De Keyser, Sabrina Calmels, Vasco Pimentel

Technical specs

Running time film 61'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format LCR
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2015: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Millenium Documentary Film Festival (BE), Courtisane (BE), Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg (DE), Docville (BE), Salina Doc Fest (IT), Filmer à tout prix (BE), Kassel Dokfest (DE), Brussels In Love (BE)

2014: Film Festival Oostende (BE), International Film Festival Bratislava (SK), Bâtard Brussel (BE), Rencontres Internationales (FR/ES/DE)


2014: Prix Horlait-Dapsens (BE), VAF Wildcard for Documentary (BE),  Filmer à tout prix: Grand Prix Du Jury (BE)

Flanders well represented in Rotterdam

Several films and co-productions from Flanders were programmed at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 21 January – 1 February). Isabelle Tollenaere’s Battles, Sarah Vanagt’s In Waking Hours and Thierry Knauff’s Vita Brevis, a co-production with Flanders, premiered at the festival. Black, Sequenza and Kosmos were also part of the programme, while student shorts The Visitor, The Second of August and Hotel Red Shoes were shown in the Signals: 24/7 section. Finally, the Screen Flanders-supported feature Between 10 and 12 was part of the line-up in the Limelight section.

BattlesIsabelle Tollenaere presented her latest documentary Battles, Sarah Vanagt presented In Waking Hours, and also Thierry Knauff's Vita Brevis premiered at the festival. Black Sequenza, Kosmos were also part of the programme, while student shorts The Visitor, The Second of August and Hotel Red Shoes were shown in the Signals: 24/7 section. Finally, Between 10 and 12 was part of the line-up in the Limelight section.

Published on Thursday 15 January 2015

Flanders Audiovisual Fund hands out grants to six young filmmakers

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced this year’s Wildcard winners: six promising young filmmakers who will each receive a grant of between €25,000 and €60,000 to develop their first professional film. Raphaël Crombez and Miwako Van Weyenberg were winners in the fiction section, with Ruben Desiere and Kwinten Gernay each receiving a documentary Wildcard. The animation grant went to Laura Vandewynckel, with Christina Stuhlberger getting the Wildcard in the filmlab section.

KosmosSince it was introduced in 2005, the Fund’s competition has established itself as Belgium’s prime awards programme when it comes to launching new talent. Six grants are handed out: three worth €60,000 go to one animation project and two fiction shorts; the two documentary winners each get €40,000; and the Wildcard in the filmlab section comes with a prize of €25,000.

Published on Thursday 4 December 2014

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