EN - Samuel works in Brussels as a pharmaceutical courier. His gorgeous girlfriend Mireille heads off to New York to intern at a prestigious architecture firm. Shortly after her departure, his computer is hacked and a series of rather dodgy IT guys fail to protect his wireless network. When the mysterious hacker seems to be intentionally screwing up Samuel’s life and his relationship with Mireille, paranoia kicks in.

NL - Samuel werkt in Brussel als medicijnkoerier. Zijn stralende vriendin Mireille vertrekt naar New York voor een stage bij een gerenommeerd architectuurbureau. Enkele dagen na Mireilles vertrek wordt Sams computer gekraakt. Computertechnici, de één al dubieuzer dan de andere, slagen er niet in Sams draadloze netwerk te beveiligen. Wat bezielt de hacker? Hij lijkt er vooral op uit om Samuels leven overhoop te gooien en zijn relatie met Mireille te ontwrichten. Sam tuimelt in een toestand van paranoia. Hij begint zijn buren te verdenken en ontwikkelt een fobie voor wifi-stralen...

FR - Samuel travaille à Bruxelles comme livreur de produits pharmaceutiques. Sa superbe petite amie Mireille part à New York pour effectuer un stage dans un prestigieux bureau d’architecture. Peu après son départ, l’ordinateur de Sam est piraté. Quelques bidouilleurs peu fiables échouent à protéger son réseau sans fil. Le mystérieux hacker semble déterminé à saboter la vie de Samuel et sa relation avec Mireille. La paranoïa se développe. Sam commence à suspecter ses voisins et développe une phobie des rayons wifi...


Title Pulsar
Original title Pulsar
Original language Dutch, French, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Tine Van den Wyngaert, Vincent Lécuyer, Sien Eggers, Nico Sturm
Photography Sebastien Koeppel
Editing Nico Leunen
Music Guy Van Nueten

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2010: Hamburg Filmfest (DEU) / Vancouver International Film Festival (CAN) / Internationaal Film Festival van Vlaanderen-Gent (BE) / BOZAR Cinema Troïka (BE) / BOZAR (BE) / AFI Fest (BE) / Festival du film européen de Virton (FRA) / Locarno International Film Festival (CHE)


2010: Preis der Hamburger Filmkritik (Hamburg Filmfest)

Eye on Flanders in Les Arcs

All eyes are on Flanders at this year’s European Film Festival in Les Arcs (15-22 December), with the fest organising a Focus on Belgium. No less than eight Flemish features, as well as three shorts are part of the focus. Belgian Cinema from Flanders is also well represented at the Arc 1950 coproduction forum with three projects on the bill. Additionally, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season is screening in the International Competition in Les Arcs and therefore in the running for a Crystal Arrow.

The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica WoodworthFor its fourth edition, the European Film Festival in Les Arcs chose to add a Focus on Belgium to its line-up. Chaired by Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, who after Cannes’ International Critics’ Week is also artistically leading the Tribeca Film Festival, the selection committee in Les Arcs nominated eight Flemish feature films and three shorts.

Published on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Dutch and US attention for Pulsar

Alex Stockman's Pulsar has opened in The Netherlands, after a series of successful previews in Amsterdam, Nijmegen and The Hague, and positive reviews in the Dutch print media.

Matthias Schoenaerts in Alex Stockman's PulsarFilm critic Dana Linssen praised the film in a four star review in Dutch newspaper NRC: 'Pulsar is an inventive, suggestive techno-thriller that plays to man's age old fear of the machine. [...] But the strength of Pulsar lies in how Stockman lets the techno- and psycho-thriller flow into each other. [...] The fantastic actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who earlier this year carried the film Bullhead, impresses again.'

Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Madly In Love to receive red carpet treatment in LA

Hilde Van Mieghem’s romantic comedy Madly In Love is to receive a special Los Angeles premiere as part of the monthly Belgian film cycle, ‘Grit and Whimsy: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema’, organised by the American Cinemathèque in collaboration with the Consulate General of Belgium.

Still from Madly in LoveMadly In Love (Smoorverliefd), presented on Wednesday 15 June at the Aero Theatre (7.30 PM), tells the story of a Eva, a teenager, her mother Judith, aunt Barbara and big sister Michelle that work their way through the chaos called love. The result is a roller coaster ride of first crushes, lust, affairs, baby fever, and indestructible love. The four women are beautiful, courageous and sensible, but are also sometimes a bit lost. The question remains whether or not their male counterparts can match them.

Published on Tuesday 14 June 2011

Shanghai selects Flanders trio

Kadir Balci’s feature debut Turqauze and Alex Stockman’s Pulsar have been selected for the Panorama section at this year’s 14th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, 11-19 June). Annabel Verbeke’s VAF Wildcard-winning graduation doc Children of the Sea is also invited. All three titles have already toured the international festival circuit, with stops at destinations such as Hong Kong, Locarno, Montréal, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Still from Kadir Balci's TurquazeIn Pulsar, Samuel waves goodbye to his girlfriend when she leaves Belgium for a prestigious internship in New York city. Shortly after, his computer gets hacked. And when the mysterious hacker seems to be intentionally screwing up Samuel’s life and his relationship, paranoia kicks in. In Turquaze three brothers return to Belgium after having buried their father in Istanbul. They resume their lives but need to find a new balance. While Ediz plays the dominant father and Bora does silly things with the wrong friends, Timur tries to fulfil his father’s dream: playing the trumpet in a brass band. In Children of the Sea, Annabel Verbeke closely follows the lifes of the children at the Ibis school, established about a century ago to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Published on Friday 10 June 2011

Transilvania fetes 10th edition the Belgian way

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, 3 - 19 June) presents a Belgian Focus containing seven Flemish and seven French-speaking Belgian films.

Oxygen selected for Official Competition at TIFFOne of the titles, Hans Van Nuffel's feature debut Oxygen, also made it into competition. Artistic director of the festival, Mihaj Chirilov, describes the film as an 'intimate film that puts under the microscope individual destines in extreme circumstances'. Since its Montreal World Film Festival debut last year, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, Oxygen garnered an impressive number of festival selections and kudos.

Published on Monday 6 June 2011

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