EN - In The Rabbit and the Teasel, fiction and autobiographical elements are interwoven into a lyrical tale that draws the viewer into a world of beauty, death and decay. Author and director Els Dietvorst zooms in on the raw reality of a rainy year that drives the farmer to despair. Set in the timeless Irish countryside, a contemporary parable unfolds - as enchanting as it is confronting.

NL - The Rabbit and the Teasel (Het konijn en de zeedistel), integraal gedraaid op het Ierse platteland, verweeft fictie en autobiografische elementen tot een lyrisch sprookje dat de toeschouwer meesleept in een universum van schoonheid, dood en verval. Auteur en regisseur Els Dietvorst maakt een moderne parabel, waarin de rauwe realiteit van een jaar vol regen de boer tot wanhoop drijft.

FR - Conte lyrique entre rêve et réalité, le film The Rabbit and the Teasel (Le lapin et le Panicaut Maritime) tourné entièrement dans la campagne irlandaise, entraîne le spectateur dans une méditation sur la beauté, le déclin et la mort.


Title The Rabbit And The Teasel
Original title The Rabbit And The Teasel
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre fiction, hybrid, doc
Year 2014


Cast Seamus Mc Coy, Alice Mc Coy, Caelen Hunt, PJ Cullen, Sam Molyneux, Liam Heffernan (narrator)
Photography Hans Bruch Jr., Lucca Rocchini
Editing Simon Arazi
Sound Gilles Laurent, Sean Plunkett
Music Laura Hyland

Technical specs

Running time film 54'
Release format HD
Other available formats Prores 4.2.2.
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Tax shelter partners Mollywood

Five Flemish selections for Visions du Réel

On April 17, Twilight of a Life by Sylvain Biegeleisen is to open the International Documentary Film Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The festival programme also includes Battles, The Rabbit and the Teasel and the short film On Difference As Such. A fifth documentary from Flanders, The Colour of the Chameleon, has been selected for the Pitching du Réel co-production platform. Visions du Réel runs from 17-25 April.

Twilight of a LifeTwilight of a Life is an upbeat portrait of a 94-year-old woman confronting the restrictions of her age, and the relationship she has with her son and the film’s director. Although doctors once gave her just weeks to live, she lived another two years. For her son, this became an opportunity to create a film about life, full of humour and emotion.

Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

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Short info

Director Els Dietvorst
Producers Arielle Sleutel
Writers Els Dietvorst

Arielle Sleutel
Vallenbosstraat 5
1700 Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle
T +32 (0)497 58 11 05
T +32 (0)2 521 73 88


Website therabbitandtheteasel.com
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