EN - Misha, Yumiko and Chinatsu are sitting in a parked car in front of a strange motel. On the back seat they have a huge amount of test tubes filled with different substances. It's clear that their attempted burglary didn't go as planned. While Yumiko tries to calm down their Albanian boss Hasan on the phone, Misha can’t resist it any longer. He opens up a test-tube and drinks it all, triggering some extraordinary effects...

FR - Misha, Yumiko et Chinatsu sont assis dans une voiture garée en face d’un étrange motel.  Sur les sièges arrières se trouvent de nombreuses éprouvettes remplies de différentes substances. Leur tentative de cambriolage ne s’est visiblement pas déroulée comme prévu... Alors que Yumiko essaie de calmer Hasan, leur patron albanais, au téléphone, Misha ne peut plus attendre. Il ouvre l’une des éprouvettes et en boit le contenu jusqu’à la dernière goutte, causant quelques effets extraordinaires...


Title Perfect Drug
Original title Perfect Drug
Original language Japanese, Albanian
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-12-01


Cast Misha Downey, Yumiko Funaya, Minami Takahashi, Philippe Genion, Begir Memeti, Masayuki Oshiro
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Martin Leroy
Sound Raf Enckels
Art director Yves Verstraete
Costume An Lauwerys

Technical specs

Running time film 13'33"
Release format DCP
Other available formats Apple Pro Res
Aspect ratio Cinemascope
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2012: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)

2013: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (FR); Image Film Festival (NL); Offscreen Film Festival (BE); 2013: Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival (BE); Seattle International Film Festival (USA); Palm Springs international Shortfest (USA); Shock and Gore FF (UK); Encounters Short film and animation festival (UK); NiFFF (CH); ISFF Hamburg (DE); Fantastic Zagreb (HR); Cryptshow (SP); Motelx (PT); Guanajuato FF (MX), Fantasy Film Festival (DE), IFF Manaki (MK), L'étrange FF (FR)


2013: Silver Méliès - Imagine Film Festival (NL)

Chicago delivers its verdict

The Verdict by Jan Verheyen, which recently grabbed Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Fest, is selected for Official Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). Also Toon Aerts’ short Perfect Drug and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, co-produced with Flanders, were added to the line-up.

The VerdictReceiving its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival end of August, The Verdict was well received by press and audiences. In its review, Variety lauded Verheyen’s film as an ‘accomplished drama’ while Screen International described The Verdict as ‘moody and atmospheric, favouring an edgy colour palette’.

Published on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Flemish shorts bonanza at Palm Springs ShortFest

Several short films from Flanders are selected for this year’s Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (18-24 June). The selectees will be screened in various different sections of the festival. Perfect Drug by Toon Aerts was chosen for the WTF? segment, while Lukas Dhont’s Headlong was picked for the Si C’est Bon programme. Hisko Hulsing’s Junkyard, a co-production with Flanders, made the call as part of the Crimes And Misdemeanours section. Finally, Double Room, Chopper and Marcel, King of Tervuren also add a touch of Flanders to the Palm Springs line-up.

Perfect DrugThe Palm Springs International ShortFest is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America, this year marking its 19th edition. The seven-day competitive festival screens approximately 300 films from 40 countries in a series of 90-minute programmes and has about twenty competitive categories awarding prize money.

Published on Tuesday 2 July 2013

Lucky number seven for Montreal line-up

With the entire programme of the Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September) now revealed, the total number of selected films from Flanders adds up to four features and three shorts. In addition to Stijn Coninx’ Marina, Jan Verheyen’s The Verdict and Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April, Joël Vanhoebrouck’s debut feature Brasserie Romantique is also set for a Montreal screening, presented in the Focus on World Cinema panorama. The short films Norman by Robbe Vervaeke and Perfect Drug by Toon Aerts, as well as the previously announced short Wolf’s Milk by Hans Vercauter, are also part of the fest’s line-up.

Wolf's MilkNext to Cannes, the Montreal World Film Festival is generally perceived as one of the most important international French-speaking film festivals worldwide. It is also the only competitive film festival in North America recognised by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Hamburg takes them all

Several shorts from Flanders are set to screen at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4-10 June) this week. Jeff Otte’sFucking SuburbiaADRIFT by Frederik Jan Depickere and Nicolas Provost’s Tokyo Giants are selected for international competition. Anouk De Clercq’s experimental short Swan Song enters the No Budget competition. Also screening at the German fest are Perfect DrugRosa, Anna’s Lil’ SisMumbler and Stardust.

Fucking SuburbiaReceiving its world premiere in Hamburg is Jeff Otte’s short film Fucking Suburbia, starring Valentijn Dhaenens (The Misfortunates).

Published on Monday 3 June 2013

Queen of Czar

When the BBC announced The White Queen at the beginning of 2012 it called the series one of the most ambitious projects it had ever attempted. It is the second major British TV series to shoot in Flanders in recent years, following in the footsteps of World War One drama Parade’s End. Producer Eurydice Gysel of Czar Belgium put together the package that persuaded them that Flanders could double for 15th Century England. And there’s more: Czar is also a co-production partner in Alex van Warmerdam’s Cannes Competition entry Borgman.

Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Thomas Vanhaute

eurThe story of The White Queen is set during the War of the Roses, when competing dynasties fought for the English throne. Based on the novels by Philippa Gregory, who also wrote The Other Boleyn Girl, the narrative brings out the important role played by women in one of the most glamorous periods in English history.

Published on Wednesday 5 June 2013

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