EN - Following a brief affair, gym teacher Jurgen decides to marry his fellow teacher Sibel. But that's not what their families expected: Jurgen's Flemish parents don't understand why their only son dumped his previous girlfriend to marry a colleague; while Sibel's Turkish brother is agitated by her impulsive decision. Jurgen and Sibel look forward to their big day. But are they marrying not just each other, but their families as well? A comedy about French fries and baklava; about marriage and trust; about Flemish modesty versus Turkish temperament.

NL- Jurgen Vindevogel, leraar L.O., heeft zijn knappe collega, juf Sibel Koç, na een korte affaire ten huwelijk gevraagd. Voor de ouders  van beide twintigers komt de trouw als een complete verrassing. Jurgen is het enig kind van Marie-Jeanne en Harry die niet snappen waarom Jurgen zijn vorige vriendin liet zitten voor een collega. Kemal, de broer van Sibel, is geërgerd door zijn impulsieve zus. Hij is overtuigd dat het huwelijk niet lang zal duren. Maar Sibel en Jurgen zijn smoorverliefd en kijken dan ook enorm uit naar een prachtig trouwfeest. Maar dat is buiten de druk, de verwachtingen en de twijfels van hun families gerekend. Wordt het écht de schoonste dag van hun leven? Of trouwen Jurgen en Sibel niet alleen met elkaar maar met de hele familie?

Trouw met mij is een warme komedie over een heel bijzonder trouwfeest.


Title Marry Me
Original title Trouw met mij
Original language Dutch, Turkish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre comedy
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2015-01-24


Cast Dries De Sutter, Sirin Zahed, Burak Balci, Rudi Delhem, Anouk David
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Paul Heymans
Art director Thorsten Sabel
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Diana Dreesen
Music Moritz Schmittat

Technical specs

Running time film 90'


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Stad Gent, Media, de Franse Gemeenschap, Telenet
Production partners Man's Films, VRT
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka


2015: The Official Maverick Feature Film Competition - Cinequest Film Festival (US), Chelsea Film Festival (US)

2014: Meeting Point - Valladolid International Film Festival (ES)

Marry Me actress Sirin Zahed wins award in New York

Sirin Zahed, the female lead in Kadir Balci’s feature Marry Me, has received the Award for Best Actress at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York to add to her Ensor.

Marry MeSirin Zahed, who runs a hair salon in real life, made her debut as an actress with the role of Sibel Koç in Kadir Balci’s comedy feature Marry Me. The actress recently picked up the Ensor for Best Debut at the Flemish Film Awards and has now also been similarly honoured at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York.

Published on Monday 26 October 2015

N – The Madness of Reason, Waste Land main winners at the Ensors

Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.

N - The Madness of ReasonWaste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.

Published on Sunday 20 September 2015

Waste Land and Paradise Trips lead Ensor noms

Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens are the frontrunners for this year’s Ensor awards. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Waste LandWaste Land tops the list with a spectacular 13 nominations (inc. Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Jérémie Renier) and Best Actress (Natali Broods)), followed by Paradise Trips with nine nominations (inc. Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor (Gene Bervoets)).

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Three World Premieres and Five Other Films Selected for Montreal

Sum of Histories, Lukas Bossuyt’s feature debut, is to have its world premiere in the First Films Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 27 till September 7. Empire and Nkosi Coiffure, two shorts from Flanders, also premiere in the World Competition section, while the programme contains five further films from Flanders: Belgian Rhapsody, Marry Me and the shorts Olav, The Soul Is Wandering and Dissonant.

Still: Sum of HistoriesA love story with a touch of sci-fi, Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena, but not without risk…

Published on Tuesday 11 August 2015

Cinequest presents five from Flanders

Geoffrey Enthoven’s HalfwayPlan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.

HalfwayMarry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.

Published on Friday 30 January 2015

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Director Kadir Balci
Producers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo
Writers Kadir Balci, Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem

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