EN - Portrait of a useless filmmaker is an anti-drama in 30 minutes. Director Bertel Mertens questions everything in his life. Why must he make documentaries? Will he ever win a palm d'or? He tries to find answers at home. For him it's all about 'Making the useless usefull'.

FR - Portrait of a useless filmmaker est un anti-drame de 30 minutes. Le réalisateur Bertel Mertens remet tout en question dans sa vie. Pourquoi doit-il faire des documentaires ? Gagnera-t-il un jour une palme d’or ? Il essaie de trouver une réponse à la maison. Selon lui, il est question de « rendre l’inutile utile ».


Title Portrait of a useless filmmaker
Original title Nutteloos Zelfportret
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2006


Cast Betty Parmentier, Emiel Mertens, Carlos Parmentier, Juliette Lauwaert, Scholltje Elene, Herman Hanssens, Yvan De Grootte
Photography Bertel Mertens
Editing Bertel Mertens
Music Michiel de Malsche

Technical specs

Running time film 33'
Release format DVD
Aspect ratio 1:1.33
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


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Last edited on 18 July 2014

Short info

Director Bertel Mertens
Producers RITCS School of Arts
Writers Bertel Mertens
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