EN - Three beggars - Suskewiet, Pitje Vogel and Schrobberbeeck - are tired of being poor and hungry so decide to sing the Epiphany on Christmas Eve. Money, food and drink are thrust upon them but, on their way home, they get lost in the woods and witness the birth of Baby Jesus. Dazzled by this miracle, they give away all their bounty. When Christmas comes round again, they find themselves conflicted and at odds.

NL - Wanneer de drie armoedzaaiers Suskewiet, Pitje Vogel en Schrobberbeeck genoeg hebben van de armoede en de honger waarin ze leven besluiten ze Driekoningen te zingen. Hun plan wordt een succes en ze zingen zich rijk. Op de terugweg naar het café verdwalen ze in het bos, en worden overwacht getuige van de geboorte van kinneke Jezus. Helemaal ondersteboven van deze wonderijke gebeurtenis geven ze al hun hun geschenken af. Wanneer ze terug alleen zijn twijfelen ze hoe ze zich moeten voelen blij of verdrietig. De kerstmis erop besluiten ze opnieuw te gaan zingen maar er ontstaat ruzie en de drie vallen uit elkaar.

FR - Suskewiet, Pitje Vogel et Schrobberbeeck sont trois miséreux qui décident de partir se faire un peu d’argent à la veille de Noël en chantant des chants d’épiphanie de porte à porte. Leur plan marche mieux qu’ils ne pouvaient l’espérer et ils font rapidement fortune en chantant. Chemin faisant, nos trois protagonistes s’égarent dans la forêt et assistent, stupéfaits, à la naissance de Petit Bébé Jésus. Tellement déboussolés par cette apparition, ils donnent tous leurs biens au nouveau-né. L’année suivante, ils décident de renouveler l’expérience mais n’arrivent pas à s’accorder sur l’usage à faire de leurs gains. Ils se disputent à propos des dons et reprennent chacun leur propre chemin .


Title Little Baby Jesus of Flandr
Original title En waar de sterre bleef stille staan
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2010


Cast Jelle Palmaerts, Paul Mertens, Peter Janssens
Photography Hans Bruch Jr
Editing David Verdurme
Music Michael De Schryver & Adriaan Verwée, Va Fan Fahre, Kathleen Ferrier, Alessandro Morechi, Missa Luba

Technical specs

Running time film 73'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Stereo
Colour B/W


Supported by RITS Erasmushogeschool, Theater Stap


2010: Festival de Cannes (FRA) / Filmfest München (DEU) / Jerusalem International Film Festival (ISR) / European Film Festival Palić (SRB) / Sarajevo Film Festival - Sarajevo (BiH) / Milano Film Festival (ITA) / Athens International Film Festival (GRC) / Pusan International Film Festival (KOR) / Internationaal Film Festival van Vlaanderen-Gent (BE) / Valladolid International Film Festival (SPA) / Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TWN) / Umbria International Film Festival-Popoli e religioni (ITA) / Leeds International Film Festival (GBR) / Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EST) / Around the world in 14 films – Berlin babylon 14 ‘10 (DEU) / Festival du Film de Vendôme (FRA) / Festival Du Cinéma Belge (LUX)


2010: Best Director Award (Athens international film festival) / Jo Röpcke Award (Internationaal Filmfestival van Vlaanderen-Gent)


Christmas release for Little Baby Jesus of Flandr in the Netherlands

Gust Van den Berghe’s Little Baby Jesus of Flandr is set for a Christmas release in Dutch theatres. The director was present at a special avant premiere at the Eye Institute in Amsterdam. Eye’s distribution arm opens the film on 21 December.

Still from Gust Van den Berghe's Little Baby Jesus of FlandrLittle Baby Jesus of Flandr started its career in the Director’s Fortnight of Cannes 2010. The film was well received with The Hollywood Reporter calling it ‘a tribute to the kind of work on which the Cannes sidebar made its name’, while Variety compared the film to ‘Pasolini's poetry and theme of the sacredness of the common people, as well as some of the more operatic aspects of Fellini's work, blending with a painterly vein that's decidedly Flemish’.

Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Bullhead scores at Flanders Film Awards

Bullhead, Michaël R Roskam's feature film debut, cashed in six of its eight nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, at this year's Flanders Film Awards. Hans Van Nuffel's Oxygen was the second largest winner with two awards. The Flanders Film Awards were presented at the closing night of the fifth Ostend Film Fest.

Matthias Schoenaerts in 'Bullhead'Bullhead received the lion's share of the major awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut, Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts), Best Supporting Actor (Jeroen Perceval) and Best DOP (Nicolas Karakatsanis). Oxygen also received two awards: Best Screenplay (Hans Van Nuffel and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem) and Best Supporting Actress (Anemone Valcke). Other awards went to Vanja D'Alcantara's Beyond the Steppes (Best Actress for Agnieszka Grochowska) and Turquaze (Best Music).

Published on Monday 12 September 2011

Transilvania fetes 10th edition the Belgian way

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, 3 - 19 June) presents a Belgian Focus containing seven Flemish and seven French-speaking Belgian films.

Oxygen selected for Official Competition at TIFFOne of the titles, Hans Van Nuffel's feature debut Oxygen, also made it into competition. Artistic director of the festival, Mihaj Chirilov, describes the film as an 'intimate film that puts under the microscope individual destines in extreme circumstances'. Since its Montreal World Film Festival debut last year, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, Oxygen garnered an impressive number of festival selections and kudos.

Published on Monday 6 June 2011

Flemish cinema sets new admissions record

Flemish cinema passed the 2 million-admission mark in Belgium for the first time ever last year. Top of the charts in 2010 were Crazy About Ya (Zot van A), Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage and Frits & Freddy, all of which contributed to an estimated national market share for Flemish films in Belgium of 10.25%.

Still from Jan Verheyen's Crazy About YaMeanwhile in Flanders, Flemish films made up 20% of the box office for the first time. And there was even more good news: last year Belgian cinema made in Flanders received 975 international film fest selections and an impressive 110 awards. In 2010, Flemish films accounted for 2,099,472 admissions in Belgium – a 10% increase in admissions compared to the previous year. The best Flemish performer at the box office was Jan Verheyen’s rom-com Crazy About Ya (Zot van A) with 420,744 admissions, followed by Ben Stassen’s 3D-animated Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage (243,793).

Published on Thursday 12 May 2011

Little Baby Jesus finishes first

Gust Van den Berghe’s debut feature Little Baby Jesus of Flandr was the audience favourite at this year’s Made in Europe Film Festival (5-10 April) in Maastricht. The festival announced the public’s bold choice after a successful sixth edition last weekend.

The film received an impressive score of 4.55/5 while facing tough competition from films such as Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning In a Better World. Because of its strong numbers, the Lumière theatre in Maastricht has decided to release the film as part of its regular programming. Last year the film proved its appeal with selections at Cannes’ Director's Fortnight and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, among others.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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