EN - When an 80-year old man is declared terminally ill, he asks his son to take a journey with him to see Mont Blanc for the last time. But it soon becomes clear that the relationship between father and son is not a good one and, with the end of the older man’s life in sight, their differences become even more obvious.

NL - Wanneer een 80 jarige vader terminaal verklaard wordt, vraagt hij zijn zoon om samen met hem een reis te maken. Hij wil een laatste keer de Mont Blanc zien. Al snel blijkt dat de relatie tussen vader en zoon helemaal niet ideaal is. De twee begrijpen elkaar niet. Maar met het einde van zijn leven in zicht worden de verschillen tussen de twee des te pijnlijker.

FR - Un père de 80 ans annonce la phase terminale de sa maladie et demande à son fils de voyager avec lui. Il veut voir le Mont Blanc une dernière fois. Il apparaît rapidement que la relation entre le père et le fils n’est pas idéale. Ils ne se comprennent pas. Mais avec la fin de sa vie qui s’annonce, les différences sont d’autant plus évidentes.


Title Mont Blanc
Original title Mont Blanc
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre Drama
Year 2012


Cast Wim Willaert, Jean-Pierre Lauwers
Photography David Williamson
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Matthias Hillegeer
Art director Philippe Bertin
Costume Valerie Le Roy
Makeup Labhise Allara, Mandango Ciratu
Music Liesa Van der Aa, Johannes Genard

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Digital betacam, Blu-Ray, DVD
Aspect ratio 2:35
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image, Vlaamse Overheid, Eye Lites, International Short Film Festival Leuven, acTVty

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Published on Friday 10 May 2013

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Published on Tuesday 16 April 2013

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Producers Katelijne Pieters
Writers Gilles Coulier, Angelo Tijssens

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