EN - The financial crisis of 2008 was a turning point during which the complexity of our financial system manifested itself. It was a web we had spun for more than 30 years, and which had brought us prosperity, larger houses and widescreen televisions. However, it turned out to be a giant house of cards. Starting in the US where the Lehman Brothers fell, the crisis spread like wildfire. Only two weeks later, the crisis infected Europe.

On Day Eight is a film about those seven days in 2008, during which all European countries had to work together, despite their differences. Suddenly, every second counted: the next morning, the stock-exchange would open again. Trust became more valuable than money. Unorthodox methods had to be used to save one of Europe's largest banks, Fortis/ABN-AMRO, which was twice the size of Lehman and had the potential of triggering the widely-feared domino-effect of falling banks all over the rest of the European continent and the UK.

NL - In 2008 klapt het Europese financiële stelsel bijna in elkaar. Europese leiders van toen nemen ons mee naar de zeven meest spannende dagen en de reddingsoperatie van Fortis/ABN-AMRO. Vandaag, op de achtste dag, delen ze openhartig hun inzichten, frustraties en angsten. Wat gebeurde er echt in de achterkamers van de macht? En waar staan we nu, tien jaar later?


Title On Day Eight
Original title De achtste dag
Original language Nederlands
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-04-25


Cast Jan Peter Balkenende, Wouter Bos, Mervyn King, Yves Leterme, Didier Reynders
Photography Mark Van Aller
Editing Ralf Verbeek
Sound Tom Bijnen & Mark Glynne
Music Michelino Bisceglia

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Digital HD
Aspect ratio 1:2:35
Sound format Stereo & Dolby Surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund, NPO fonds, CoBO, VRT, Mediafonds
Production partners Docmakers


2018: Nederlands Film Festival (NL)

There are no related news articles.

You must be logged in to view the press kit. Login

Don't have an account? Register

Last edited on 14 May 2019

Short info

Director Yan Ting Yuen, Robert Kosters
Producers Bart Van Langendonck
Writers Yan Ting Yuen, Robert Kosters

Savage Film
Nils Dezaeger
Fabriekstraat 43
1930 Zaventem
T +32 2 711 4291


Journeyman Pictures
4-6 High Street
United Kingdom
T +44 208 398 4616

Preferential partners