EN - An elderly hermit who has isolated himself from civilization for years takes a young man into his house out of pity, having found him half naked in the woods. Despite the young man’s refusal to speak, a connection grows between them. One day, when the police knock on the man’s door he finds out the young man killed someone. The old man faces a heartbreaking decision: what will he do with the killer in his house?

NL - Een oude kluizenaar die zich jarenlang heeft afgezonderd van de beschaving neemt uit medelijden een jongeman in huis die hij halfnaakt heeft aangetroffen in de natuur. De jongeman weigert echter te spreken. Toch ontstaat er een band tussen hen. Als op een dag de politie aanklopt, komt de oude man te weten dat de jongeman iemand heeft vermoord. De oude man staat voor een hartverscheurende keuze: wat doet hij met de moordenaar in zijn huis?

FR - Un vieil ermite qui s’est coupé de la civilisation pendant des années prend pitié d’un jeune homme qu’il a trouvé à moitié nu dans la nature et l’accueille chez lui. Bien que le jeune homme refuse de parler, un lien s’établit entre eux. Mais quand il reçoit un jour la visite de la police, le vieil homme découvre que son hôte a tué quelqu’un. Il se retrouve alors face à un choix déchirant : que va-t-il faire du meurtrier qui vit chez lui ?


Title Resurrection
Original title Resurrection
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre arthouse drama
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-10-15


Cast Johan Leysen, Gilles De Schryver, Kris Cuppens, Thomas Ryckewaert, Peter De Vuyst, Buddy, Leon Lambers, Gert Zentveld
Photography Rimvydas Leipus
Editing David Verdurme
Sound Raf Enckels, Yanna Soentjens
Art director Kurt Rigolle
Costume Joëlle Meerbergen
Makeup Dorien Van Poucke
Music Steve Willaert
Gaffer Bram Lens
Assistent to director Joke Pevenage
Line producer Dimitri Verbeeck
Set dresser Peter De Keyser

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1:2.39
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Creative Europe Media, Telenet Stap
Tax shelter partners Flanders Film Funding


2018: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)

2017: Film Fest Gent (BE); Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EE); Capri Hollywood 2017 (IT)


2017: Breakout Director Award, Capri Hollywood (IT)

Flanders well represented at Rotterdam

A number of Flemish features, shorts, documentaries and TV series have been selected for this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan-4 Feb).

The Flower Shop Three features from Flanders have been selected for the Bright Futures section for emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. They are Ruben Desiere’s debut feature The Flower Shop; Christina Vandekerckhove’s documentary Rabot; and Kristof Hoornaert’s recently released debut feature Resurrection.

Published on Friday 19 January 2018

Resurrection gets international sales deal

Kristof Hoornaert’s debut feature, starring Johan Leysen and Gilles De Schryver, has been acquired by the Italian sales company TVCO. Resurrection had its world premiere at Film Fest Gent in October and its international premiere in the First Features Competition at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn on 27 November.

ResurrectionResurrection tells the story of an elderly recluse who takes a young man into his house after finding him half-naked and lost. The leading parts in Resurrection are played by Leysen and De Schryver. The film was shot by Lithuanian cinematographer Rimvydas Leipus

Published on Tuesday 28 November 2017

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

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Director Kristof Hoornaert
Producers Geoffrey Enthoven, Mariano Vanhoof
Writers Kristof Hoornaert

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