EN - Meet Jerry, an obsessive but frustrated director who decides to turn his back on the theatre in favour of a controversial new project. But things soon start to go wrong. As he struggles with the demands of his role as leader, he is plagued by surreal dreams conjured up by his guilty conscience. The title of the film refers to the Dutch description of urban myths as ‘monkey sandwich stories’.

FR - Jerry est un metteur en scène obsessionnel mais insatisfait qui décide de tourner le dos au théâtre pour se lancer dans un nouveau projet controversé. Mais très vite, les choses tournent mal. Alors qu’il s’efforce de répondre aux exigences de son rôle de chef, il est tourmenté par des rêves surréalistes engendrés par sa mauvaise conscience.

Monkey Sandwich est un film composé de plusieurs histoires s’entrelaçant qui impliquent la recherche d’un enfant à naître, une expédition de chasse bouleversante, un 33 tours hanté, un porcelet qui grogne,... Le titre du film fait référence à l’expression néerlandaise “ sandwich au singe”, utilisée pour décrire les légendes urbaines.


Title Monkey Sandwich
Original title Monkey Sandwich
Original language English, German
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Jerry Killick, Carly Wijs, Davis Freeman, Guy Dermul, Mauro Pawlowski, Bruce Geduldig, Wim Vandekeybus, Janie Gibson, Judith Williquet, Melkorka Sigridur Magnusdottir, Gina Mercelis, Ilknur Bahadir, Simon Eckert, Andreas Grötzinger, Ralf Harster, Anja Herden, Sebastian Kreyer, Anja Laïs, Torsten Peter Schnick, Maik Solbach, Laura Sundermann, Birgit Walter, Niklas Ek
Photography Patrick Otten, Kassim Ahmed
Editing Dieter Diependaele, Octavio Iturbe
Art director Yves Verstraete
Costume Isabelle Lhoas, Frédérick Denis
Makeup Evie Hamels
Music Elko Blijweert
Sound design Charo Calvo
Sound mix Aline Gavroy
Creative supervisor Greet Van Poeck
Production manager Katia Renson
Post-production manager Benjamin Dandoy

Technical specs

Running time film 89'
Release format DCP
Sound format Charo Calvo, Benjamin Dandoy
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the Flemish Government

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Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.

kidFien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.

Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Monkey Sandwich and The Invader to compete at Copenhagen fest

Wim Vandekeybus’ and Nicolas Provost’s debut features Monkey Sandwich and The Invader have been selected to enter in competition at the CPH PIX festival in Copenhagen. Both films will compete in the fest’s New Talent Grand Prix. Moreover, Michael R. Roskam’s Academy Award nominated hit flick Bullhead will be given a special screening along with a number of other internationally acclaimed films such as Mr. Lazhar.

Monkey Sandwich_stillThe PIX festival puts a heavy emphasis on new talent, introducing some of the best debut films from all over the globe. The fest’s annual competition, New Talent Grand Prix, is dedicated to the most promising first time-directors. Young talent Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and feature film first-timer Wim Vandekeybus’ Monkey Sandwichwill both be competing for the Award.

Published on Friday 30 March 2012

Venice broadens Horizons with Vandekeybus and Provost debuts

Remarkable feature debuts by both Wim Vandekeybus and Nicolas Provost are to be presented in the Horizons programme of this year’s Venice International Film Festival (31 August-10 September). While Vandekeybus’ Monkey Sandwich is selected as closing-night attraction, Provost’s feature debut, The Invader, joins his latest short, Moving Stories, in the programme.

Issaka Sawadogo in Provost's The InvaderSet up as a triptych, Vandekeybus’ Monkey Sandwich is based on urban legends (called ‘monkey sandwich stories’  in The Netherlands). In all three parts, we find British actor and main character Jerry Killick. Monkey Sandwich is a reflection on the lie that is theatre, on the relative boastfulness of leaders and how we are always searching for stories.

Published on Thursday 28 July 2011

Leaping off the page

Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus frequently uses film and video in his stage performances, but a desire to tell stories has drawn him irresistibly towards cinema. The feature-length and Venice-selected Monkey Sandwich is his first dialogue-driven project, a stepping-stone to the long-planned film Galloping Mind.

Text: Ian Mundell

Still Monkey SandwichWim Vandekeybus began exploring photography and film while studying psychology at university, and both these interests stayed with him when he transferred his allegiances to theatre and dance. A successful audition with artist and theatre director Jan Fabre in 1985 led to a two-year period performing in ‘The Power of Theatrical Madness’, after which Vandekeybus set up his own group, Ultima Vez. His first production, ‘What the Body Does Not Remember’ in 1987, began an acclaimed series of stage works that frequently included film elements. But he wanted to do things differently from his contemporaries. ‘I didn’t like at all the way people were using visuals in live performance,’ he says. ‘Mostly what they did was film the dancers and put the two together. For me film was much more another world, a door that opened onto the unconscious or a shared dream.’

Published on Thursday 28 July 2011

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Director Wim Vandekeybus
Producers Bart Van Langendonck, Kristien De Coster, Tatiana Pierre, Maarten Le Roy
Writers Wim Vandekeybus

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