EN - Holiday coach driver Mario has spent his entire life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south. Today, on the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to an electronic music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his long-lost son.

NL - Buschauffeur Mario heeft zijn hele carrière gepensioneerden naar het warme zuiden gebracht. Op de vooravond van zijn eigen pensioen moet hij tegen zijn zin een kleurrijke bende jongeren naar een festival in Kroatië brengen. Onderweg groeit het conflict tussen de conservatieve Mario en zijn alternatieve passagiers. Wat Mario’s laatste reis moest worden verandert al snel in een fascinerende trip die Mario confronteert met zijn vooroordelen en met zijn verloren zoon.

FR - Pendant toute sa carrière, Mario, chauffeur de bus, a conduit des pensionnés vers le sud ensoleillé. Aujourd’hui, alors qu’il est sur le point de prendre sa retraite, il est obligé de conduire une bande de jeunes à un Festival en Croatie. En cours de route, plusieurs conflits se développent, entre Mario, le conservateur, et les passagers alternatifs. Ce qui devait être le dernier voyage de Mario, devient très vite un trip fascinant pendant lequel Mario est confronté à ses préjugés et à son fils qu’il croyait perdu.


Title Paradise Trips
Original title Paradise Trips
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre tragicomedy
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-08-19


Cast Gene Bervoets, Jeroen Perceval, Cédric Van Den Abbeele, Noortje Herlaar, Line Pillet, Tania Van der Sanden, Marie Louise Stheins, Pieter Verelst, Pascal Maetens, Hannes Reckelbus, Charlotte Timmers
Photography Rik Zang
Editing Els Voorspoels
Sound Marco Vermaas
Art director Yves Verstraete
Costume Manon Blom, Mariella Kallenberg
Makeup Lili Dang-vu
Music David Van der Heijden

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Apple ProRes, HQ, ...
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders
Production partners IJswater Films, Climax Films


2016: Cleveland International Film Festival (US); Sedona Film Festival (US); Section Feature Film - Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (FR); New Voices/New Visions - Palm Springs International Film Festival (US)

2015: International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (DE); Ensors - Flemish Film Awards: nominated for Best Director, Best Script, Best Make-up, Best Costume, Best Actor, Best  Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Debut (BE); Le Be Film Festival (BE); Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (BE); Section Vlaams XL - Nederlands Film Festival (NL)


2016: Best Film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Music - Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (FR)

2015: Best Actor for Gène Bervoets, Best Costume for Manon Blom & Mariella Kallenberg, Industry Award, Jekino Award for Best Flemish Film - Ensors (Flemish Film Awards) (BE)


  • Taiwan
  • the Netherlands: Cineart (theatrical)

Cleveland takes four from Flanders

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

The ArdennesFollowing recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

Published on Tuesday 8 March 2016

Talent from Flanders represented at the Berlinale

There was another strong presence from Flanders at this year’s International Film Festival in Berlin (11-21 February). Actress Martha Canga Antonio took the stage as one of 10 European Shooting Stars; foreign films starring Veerle Baetens and Jan Bijvoet were in the line-up; four film professionals from Flanders were picked for the Berlinale Talents initiative; and a variety of Flemish (co-)productions screened in the European Film Market.

BlackMartha Canga Antonio was one of 10 European Shooting Stars in the spotlight during the Berlinale. The actress made an international impact with her debut role as Mavela in Black, a contemporary Romeo & Juliet story directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Previous Shooting Stars have included Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan and Daniel Brühl.

Published on Monday 15 February 2016

Paradise Trips and Belgian Rhapsody travel to Palm Springs

Raf Reyntjens’ debut feature Paradise Trips is to have its North American premiere as part of the New Voices/New Visions section of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (1-11 January). The line-up also includes the US premiere of Belgian Rhapsody, directed by Vincent Bal.

Paradise TripsThe New Voices/New Visions section showcases 12 films from emerging international directors making their feature film debut. Among them is Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, a film about a grumpy coach driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his last journey before retiring.

Published on Friday 18 December 2015

N – The Madness of Reason, Waste Land main winners at the Ensors

Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.

N - The Madness of ReasonWaste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.

Published on Sunday 20 September 2015

Paradise Trips en route to Germany

Raf Reyntjens’s Paradise Trips has been invited into Competition at the International Film Festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg (9-24 October), where the film is to have its international première. The festival line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders.

Paradise TripsIn the film, which marks Reyntjens’s directorial debut, Gene Bervoets (Schneider vs Bax, Salamander) plays Mario, a grumpy coach driver. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to a music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his own prejudices - and with his long-lost son.

Published on Friday 18 September 2015

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Director Raf Reyntjens
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