EN - The story takes place in an abandoned zoo, which itself is inspired by Antwerp’s zoo in the 19th century and is a mysterious environment like Magritte’s painting 'The Explanation and The Empire of Light'. Under a radiant sunny sky, the landscape is engulfed by darkness.

FR - Une mystérieuse expérience inspirée de l’un des tableaux de Magritte : « L’Explication et l’Empire des Lumières ». L’histoire se déroule dans un zoo abandonné. Le zoo est lui-même inspiré du zoo d’Anvers du 19ème siècle et est repris dans un mystérieux environnement tel que la peinture de René Magritte : « L’Explication et L’Empire des Lumières ». Sous un soleil rayonnant, le paysage est plongé dans la pénombre. Le directeur opportuniste d’un zoo abandonné charge un docteur de faire des expériences médicales sur une gorille, l’un des rares animaux qui restent dans le zoo. Si l’expérience fonctionne, le zoo pourrait redevenir la grande attraction qu’il était autrefois. La gorille a été inséminée artificiellement et est méticuleusement observée pendant toute la période de gestation par une caméra. La cage est éclairée jour et nuit comme une prison. Le gardien de la gorille est un homme dévoué.  Comme les spectateurs il ne sait pas que cette grossesse forcée de NURU fait partie d’une sombre expérience.


Title NURU
Original title NURU
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2010


Cast Geert Burssens, Mark Van Strydonck, Danny Riesterer
Photography Jan Mestagh
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Music Guy Van Nueten

Technical specs

Running time film 14'
Release format HD
Sound format Yves De Mey
Colour Colour


Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2011: Anima - Brussels Cartoon and Animation Film Festival (BE)

Nuru and Rocky grab US awards

Michael Palmaers’ Nuru and Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky both won awards at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). Nuru took first prize for Best Animation while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky grabbed the Grand Prize for Best Comedy Short.

Still from Kevin Meul's Extraordinary Life of RockyThese are not the first US awards for either film: Nuru had already won Best Animation at the Palm Springs Shortfest while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky (pictured) received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short in Seattle. In Nuru an opportunistic director of an abandoned zoo assigns a doctor to perform medical experiments on an gorilla. The film is inspired by the paintings The Explanation and The Empire of Light by René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking The Dog.

Published on Tuesday 21 August 2012

Jury Awards for Flemish shorts at Palm Springs

Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex and Michael Palmaers’s Nuru won Best Live Action Short and Best Animation respectively at the Palm Springs International Shortfest (19-25 June). Both films received $2,000 in cash and automatically qualified for Academy Awards consideration.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruBlondé’s Dura Lex, which was also named runner-up in the Bridging the Borders category, enjoyed its North American premiere in Palm Springs. The short deals with the subject of illegal immigration through the character of a young mother who receives an unexpected visit from a pair of detectives.

Published on Tuesday 26 June 2012

Shorts quartet at Palm Springs

The Palm Springs International Shortfest has selected four Flemish short films from over 3,000 worldwide entries. Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex, VAF Wildcard winner Boris Sverlow’s Shattered Past, Jeroen Bogaert's Early Birds and Michael Palmaers’s Nuru were added to the fest’s line-up. Palm Springs promises to once again attract a Hollywood crowd with its star-studded shorts such as Pitch Black Heist with Michael Fassbender and The End with Charlotte Rampling.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruMichael Palmaers’s Nuru – described by the festival as a ‘dazzling, CG-enhanced story’ – is no stranger to the festival circuit. The film has already been selected for Fantasporto, Clermont-Ferrand, ANIMA and the Leuven international Short Film Festival. Nuru is inspired by The Explanation and The Empire of Light by surrealist painter René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking the Dog (A Monster in Paris).

Published on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Fantasporto features four filmmakers from Flanders

The 32nd Oporto International Film Festival (24 Febr – 3 March) has invited works from no less than four Flemish filmmakers for its line-up. Frank van Passel’s Madonna’s Pig, Jakob Verbruggen’s Code 37, Nuru, a short by Michael Palmaers, and Christophe Van Rompaey's Lena have been selected for Fest.

Madonna's PigCode 37 became an instant box office hit in its home territory when released last fall. The film was running alongside Madonna’s Pig and Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are in theatres and together the films even managed to register over 80,000 admissions during one weekend. The film is to receive its market première at this year's European Film Market in Berlin. Code 37 director Jakob Verbruggen is now also set to direct the BBC mini-series The Fall, written by the BAFTA nominated Alan Cubitt.

Published on Monday 6 February 2012

Clermont-Ferrand selects shorts from Flanders

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (27 January-4 February) has selected Nicolas Provost’s Moving Stories, Michael Palmaers’s Nuru and Marc Roels and Emma de Swaef’s Oh Willy for its 34th edition. The minority co-production The Monster of Nix by Dutch artist Rosto also received a spot in the fest’s programme. According to the fest, ‘a selection for Clermont-Ferrand is participating in the biggest adventure a film can experience.’ The selections at the prestigious French short fest once again put shorts from Flanders in the international limelight.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruProvost is now something of an old hand at Clermont-Ferrand after picking up a Special Jury Award for his short Plot Point in 2008. Last year, the festival even presented an overview of Provost’s major works and invited two of his shorts, Stardust and Storyteller, for competition.

Published on Monday 12 December 2011

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