EN - After seven years in prison, Rudy Vandekerckhove has set himself two clear objectives: to get back to work as a washing machine repairman, and - more importantly – to become reconciled with the family he left behind. But despite the help and support of retired hairdresser Denise and his friend Rachid, his plans fail. Just when a reunion looks likely, the past gets the upper hand again and Rudy has to take the toughest decision of his life.

NL - Na een gevangenisstraf van 7 jaar heeft Rudy Vandekerckhove een duidelijk doel voor ogen: hij wil opnieuw aan de slag als hersteller van wasmachines en – belangrijker nog-  hij hoopt op een verzoening met het gezin dat hij achterliet. Ondanks de steun van de gepensioneerde kapster Denise en van zijn vriend Rachid wordt geen van beide plannen echter een succes. Net wanneer een hereniging uiteindelijk  toch nog in zicht lijkt, neemt het verleden opnieuw de bovenhand en komt Rudy voor de moeilijkste beslissing van zijn leven te staan.

FR - Après avoir purgé une peine de prison de 7 ans, Rudy Vandekerckhove se fixe un objectif bien précis : retrouver du travail comme réparateur de machines à laver et – plus important encore – se rapprocher de la famille qu’il a laissée derrière lui. Malgré le soutien de Denise, une coiffeuse à la retraite, et de son ami Rachid, aucun de ces projets ne rencontre un franc succès. Juste au moment où des retrouvailles semblent tout de même se profiler à l’horizon, le passé reprend le dessus et Rudy est confronté à la décision la plus difficile de sa vie.


Title Offline
Original title Offline
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-10-16


Cast Wim Willaert, Anemone Valcke, Patricia Goemaere, Mourade Zeguendi, Katelijne Damen, Liesa Naert, Margriet Bruggeman, Souad Boukhatem
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Raf Enckels
Costume Valerie Le Roy
Makeup Alexandra Kourline
Music Triggerfinger

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Stad Gent, Sabam

Tax shelter partners Lumière, Vandekerckhove&Devos, Caruur


2013: Aubagne International Film Festival - long feature film competition (FR), Cinequest Film Festival - LIFE section (US), Emden International Film Festival (DE), Festroia International Film Festival (PT), Saint Petersburg International Film Festival (Russia),  Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense (Spain)

2012: Ghent Film Festival - official competition (BE), Valladolid International Film Festival - official competition - section Meeting Point (SP), Amiens International Film Festival - official competition (FR)


2013: Best Screenplay - Aubagne International Film Festival (FR), Best Debut - Festroia International Film Festival (PT), Best Directors (Saint Petersburg International Film Festival (Russia), Audience Award & Best Director ( Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense (Spain))

2012: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Film, Signis Award - Amiens International Film Festival (FR)


  • France: Mica Films (Theatrical, TV, VOD)

Ourense double prize for Offline

Peter Monsaert has been honoured as Best Director at the Ourense Film Festival in Spain (16-24 November). His feature debut Offline also received the festival’s Audience Award.

OfflineFirst-time helmer Peter Monsaert sees the Ourense awards as a confirmation of his own belief that he has created a universal story with Offline, in which recognisable human emotions form the basic ingredients.

Published on Monday 25 November 2013

Time of My Life and Offline among Abitibi-Témiscamingue winners

Nic Baltazar’s Time of My Life has been awarded the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the closing ceremony of the 32st edition of the International Film Festival of Abitibi-Témiscamingue (26-31 October). Helmer Peter Monsaert was also summoned to the awards stage where he received the Prix Communications et Societé for his feature debut Offline.

Time of My LifeThe Grand Prix Hydro-Québec is offered to the film best appreciated by the audience at the Canadian festival in Rouyn-Noranda. This year, visitors were particularly moved by Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life.

Published on Friday 1 November 2013

Flanders quartet triumphs at Festroia

Four films from Flanders were presented with prizes during the awards ceremony of the Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Felix van Groeningen took home three awards for The Broken Circle Breakdown, while Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and the short film Dura Lex by Anke Blondé were all awarded as well.

OfflineVan Groeningen’s intense drama The Broken Circle Breakdown not only won the Gold Dolphin for Best Film, but also took home the film critics’ FIPRESCI Prize as well as the SIGNIS Prize, awarded by the worldwide association of Catholic communication professionals.

Published on Monday 17 June 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Flanders trio triumphs in Aubagne

Fien Troch’s Kid, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the big winners at the 14th Aubagne International Film Festival (8-23 March). While Kid received both the Grand Jury Prize and the Award for Best Music, Offline scooped the Award for Best Script. Roman Klochkov’s Natasha was awarded the Prize for Best Animated Short Film. It was also announced that French distributor Mica Films is to release Monsaert’s Offline in French theatres this summer.

Director Peter Monsaert @ Aubagne Film FestivalIn addition to the Grand Jury Prize Fien Troch’s third feature film, Kid, also received the Award for Best Music, acknowledging Senjan Jansen’s original musical score. Kid follows the story of a seven-year-old boy who lives with his mother and brother on a farm. The fatherless family struggles to make ends meet. When disaster strikes and the two brothers have to move in with their aunt and uncle, Kid misses his mother more than ever and longs to be with her. The film received a special mention at the latest edition of the Ghent Film Festival.

Published on Tuesday 26 March 2013

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Director Peter Monsaert
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Writers Peter Monsaert, Dominique Willaert, Tom Dupont

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