EN - After Bulgaria became an EU Member State in 2007, it became possible for Bulgarians to travel and work freely in Europe since 2014. For several years, two colleagues Stefan and Niki, together with their families, have attempted to find a dignified life and a bit of happiness in Ghent, Belgium. In the industrial periphery of the city, they take shelter in a dilapidated barrack within the immense domain of the public transport company De Lijn, hoping for a job, social support or a home that will never come.

On The Edge Of Happiness is a socially surreal, observational, existential film that penetrates life in the barracks. It is a story about friendship, dreams, perseverance, social justice, poverty, inter-European migration, human rights, tolerance, loyalty and, ultimately, fate. A contemporary Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ set in our fragmented European backyard, in the shadow of the current migration and homeless crisis.


Title On The Edge Of Happiness
Original title On The Edge Of Happiness
Original language Bulgarian, Turkish, French & Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary / direct cinema
Year 2016


Photography WIl Mathijs
Editing Pieter Smet
Sound WIl Mathijs, Henk Rabau, Ellen Vandewalle, Arno Lambregts
sound editor & mix Jef Aerts

Technical specs

Running time film 70'
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRes 422 HQ
Aspect ratio 16/9 with Panavision Scope bars
Sound format stereo / dolby surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), City Ghent, Province of East Flanders, Caritas
Production partners IKON
Tax shelter partners Added Value, Lava Architecten

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Last edited on 14 June 2016

Short info

Director Wil Mathijs
Producers Wil Mathijs
Writers Wil Mathijs

Elementrik Films
Wil Mathijs
Drongense Steenweg 11
9921 Vinderhoute
T +32 495 27 16 87


Website www.ontheedgeofhappiness.com
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