EN - Suffering from an illness that is slowly destroying his lungs, Tom struggles with his short life expectancy and hangs out with petty criminals. Enter his hospital neighbour Xavier who suffers from the same illness but behaves like an athlete and infuses Tom with optimism. Tom enjoys his new friend and finds love with quirky quarantine girl Eline. But when Tom’s brother dies during a lung transplant, he is devastated and breaks away from Xavier and Eline. Much later, Tom and Xavier meet again when they are both up for a lung transplant. Slowly, their friendship rekindles…

NL - Adem vertelt het verhaal van Tom (Stef Aerts) en Lucas (Maarten Mertens), twee broers die lijden aan een genetische ziekte die hun longen langzaam sloopt. Tom worstelt met zijn korte levensverwachting maar in het ziekenhuis ontmoet hij Xavier (Wouter Hendrickx), een kerel die lijdt aan dezelfde ziekte maar die zich gedraagt als een rasatleet. Zijn levenslust straalt af op Tom. Xavier is een onverbeterlijke optimist, zelfs wanneer zijn lief Anneleen (Marie Vinck) hem laat zitten. Tom valt op zijn beurt voor de eigenzinnige Eline (Anemone Valcke) die al maanden in een quarantaine kamer zit. Ze kunnen elkaar niet aanraken maar toch beginnen ze een romance…

FR - Tom et Lucas sont frères et souffrent de la fybrose kystique qui détruit lentement leurs poumons. Tom va rencontrer à l’hôpital deux personnes qui vont changer sa vie: Xavier qui souffre du même mal que lui, mais regarde la vie sous un jour plus radieux et Eline qui vit en chambre stérile et dont il tombe follement amoureux. Porté par de jeunes acteurs talentueux, les images splendides de Ruben Impens et la musique de l’homme d'orchestre Spinvis, Oxygène (Adem), est un film fascinant, romantique, drôle et émouvant. Il est question de la brièveté d’une existence dont on veut vivre chacun des instants sans en oublier aucun.


Title Oxygen
Original title Adem
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2010


Cast Stef Aerts, Wouter Hendrickx, Rik Verheye, Anemone Valcke, Marie Vinck, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Ina Geerts, Kris Cuppens
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Music Spinvis

Technical specs

Running time film 100'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, Eurimages, Belgische Tax Shelter, Belgische Vereniging voor Strijd tegen Mucoviscidose


2010: Festival des Films du Monde Montréal (CAN)/ Filmfestival Oostende (BE)/ Nederlands Film Festival (NLD)/ Zurich Film Festival (CHE)/ Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma (ITA)/ Festival du Cinéma Rouyn Noranda (CAN)/ Seville European Film Festival (ESP)/ Festival International du Film d'Amiens (FRA)/ Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EST)/ Festival Cinéma Science (FRA)/ Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs (FRA)


2010: Grand Prix des Amériques, Ecumenic Jury Award (Festival des Films du Monde Montréal)/ Variety New Talent Award (Zurich Filmfestival)/ Marco Aurelio Nella Città Prize (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma)/ Grand Prix Hydro-Québec (Festival du Cinéma Rouyn Noranda)/ Prize of the Public, Best Actor (Stef Aerts) (Festival International du Film d'Amiens)/ Prix d'Interpretation (Stef Aerts), Mention special du jury Jeunes chercheurs, Prix du Public, Coup de Cœur de l'Inserm (Festival Cinéma Science)

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

Discovery Award for Hans Van Nuffel

Oxygen, Hans Van Nuffel’s feature debut, has won the Discovery Award at the 24th edition of the European Film Awards. The director accepted the prestigious award in person at the Award Ceremony in Berlin.

Hans Van Nuffel accepting the Discovery Award at the EFA Award Ceremony in BerlinEvery year the European Discovery 2011-Prix Fipresci is awarded to a film debut from a young European talent. Hans Van Nuffel had already won the Variety New Talent Award in Zürich earlier this year, while in Karlovy Vary the director had been selected as one of 10 Euro Directors to Watch. On his home territory, Van Nuffel was also one of the first winners of a VAF Wildcard.

Published on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Oxygen nominated for European Film Awards

Oxygen, Hans van Nuffel’s feature debut, has been nominated in the Discovery category at this year's European Film Awards. The news coincides with the film’s recent release in France. This year, the European Film Award ceremony will be held in Berlin on 3 December. An international jury nominated in total five European films for Discovery.

Still from Hans Van Nuffel's OxygenOxygen’s EFA selection follows an impressive run of distinctions and festival invites. One of the greatest honours for director Hans Van Nuffel was his recent selection as one of Variety’s ten Euro Directors to Watch at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Published on Wednesday 19 October 2011

Bullhead scores at Flanders Film Awards

Bullhead, Michaël R Roskam's feature film debut, cashed in six of its eight nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, at this year's Flanders Film Awards. Hans Van Nuffel's Oxygen was the second largest winner with two awards. The Flanders Film Awards were presented at the closing night of the fifth Ostend Film Fest.

Matthias Schoenaerts in 'Bullhead'Bullhead received the lion's share of the major awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut, Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts), Best Supporting Actor (Jeroen Perceval) and Best DOP (Nicolas Karakatsanis). Oxygen also received two awards: Best Screenplay (Hans Van Nuffel and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem) and Best Supporting Actress (Anemone Valcke). Other awards went to Vanja D'Alcantara's Beyond the Steppes (Best Actress for Agnieszka Grochowska) and Turquaze (Best Music).

Published on Monday 12 September 2011

Oxygen, Bullhead lead Flanders Film Awards noms

Hans Van Nuffel’s Oxygen and Michaël R Roskam’s Bullhead head this year’s list of nominations for the Flanders Film Awards, collecting nine and eight noms respectively in ten categories. The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 10 September at the fifth Ostend Film Festival.

Actor Stef Aerts in Hans Van Nuffel's OxygenA jury chaired by actor Peter Van den Begin (Frits & FreddyDirty Mind), consisting of Studio 100 topper Hans Bourlon, TV host Phara de Aguirre, actress Els Dottermans, musician Piet Goddaer, former sportsman and columnist Jan Mulder, photographer Lieve Blancquaert and director Christophe Van Rompaey, selected three nominations in each of the ten categories.

Published on Friday 26 August 2011

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Writers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Hans Van Nuffel

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