EN - Nico and Alice move with their 10-year-old son Mateo to the countryside. Caught up in the renovation of their new house, they don't notice their son's strange behaviour. When Alice finally realises something is wrong, it is already too late.

FR - Nico et Alice déménagent à la campagne avec leur fils de dix ans Mateo. Absorbés par les travaux de rénovation de leur nouvelle maison, ils ne remarquent pas le comportement étrange de leur fils. Lorsqu’Alice se rend compte que quelque chose ne va pas, il est déjà trop tard.


Title Matteus
Original title Matteus
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2011


Cast Mateo Bal, Dolores Bouckaert, Arieh Worthalter, Pieter Genard, Seppe Cosyns, Lize Pede, Filip Vekemans
Photography David Williamson, Jakob Rosseel
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Pieter Deweirdt, Bert Aerts, Nicholaas De Schepper
Music Simon Halsberghe

Technical specs

Running time film 18'
Release format PRORES 422 HQ
Aspect ratio 2.35 (scope)
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


The short & the beautiful

As a child, Leni Huyghe was fascinated by Christian ritual and the characters in the Bible, but without a religious upbringing she felt excluded from this world. Her short film, Matteus, which has been selected for the Cinéfondation competition at Cannes, turns this situation on its head.

Leni Huyghe (c) Helene LemonnierHuyghe is aware that this scenario could be seen as a comment on religious extremism, but this wasn't her intention. 'For me, it's not black or white. It's really grey, and I leave it open,' she says.

Published on Thursday 10 May 2012

Two Flemish shorts in Cannes line-up

Emilie Verhamme’s short film Cockaigne is to screen in the Competition of the 65th Festival de Cannes (16-27 May), while Leni Huyghe’s Matteus has been selected for the fest’s Cinéfondation competition. Both films are graduation projects of the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design.

Emilie Verhamme's CockaigneIn Cockaigne (13’), Emilie Verhamme depicts the tale of a Ukrainian father and his two sons Andriy and Oleksander. Hiding in coffins, they travel from Kiev to Brussels in search of a better life.

Published on Thursday 19 April 2012

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Short info

Director Leni Huyghe
Producers LUCA School of Arts
Writers Leni Huyghe

Hogeschool Sint-Lukas
Paleizenstraat 70
1030 Brussels

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