EN - Fortysomething Pascaline runs a brasserie and prepares the stylish dining room for Valentine. But does she really expect her lover of 20 years ago to appear and ask her to go to Rio with him? Other customers also cope with the unexpected: bored housewife Rose informs her husband that she has a lover; Mia intends to commit suicide until she is wooed by waiter Lesley; and inconspicuous civil servant Walter is wracked with insecurity when seated in front of the woman of his dreams.

NL - De 'Brasserie Romantiek' is een gerenommeerd restaurant. Het wordt met succes gerund door uitbaatster Pascaline en kok Angelo. Sinds enkele jaren heeft de zaak een begeerde 'koksmuts' in de Gault Millau-gids. Vanavond is het Valentijn: één van de drukste avonden van het jaar. Angelo zorgt voor een passend liefdesmenu en Pascaline heeft de tafels tiptop gedekt. Pascaline heeft alles onder controle in haar brasserie. Zoals altijd. In de keuken en in de zaal zijn de verwachtingen hoog gespannen.

FR - La "Brasserie romantique" est un restaurant de bonne réputation. Il est géré par Pascaline, l'exploitante, et Angelo, le chef de cuisine. Depuis quelques années, le restaurant est présenté comme un établissement d'exception dans le guide culinaire Gault et Millau. Ce soir, c'est la Saint-Valentin; l'une des soirées les plus animées de l'année. Angelo prépare un menu romantique pour l'occasion tandis que Pascaline a dressé les tables avec soin. Comme toujours, Pascaline a tout sous contrôle. En salle comme en cuisine, les attentes sont grandes...


Title Brasserie Romantique
Original title Brasserie Romantiek
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-12-19


Cast Axel Daeseleire, Sara De Roo, Koen De Bouw, Wouter Hendrickx, Barbara Sarafian, Filip Peeters, Ruth Becquart, Mathijs Scheepers, Tine Embrechts, Anemone Valcke, Thomas Janssens, Zoë Thielemans
Photography Ruben Impens
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Dirk Bombey
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Esther de Goey
Music Tuur Florizoone

Technical specs

Running time film 104'
Release format 35mm
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CCA, Wallimage/Bruxellimage, the Belgian tax shelter for film financing, Casa Kafka, Tax Shelter Films Funding, MEDIA, KFD, Lumière
Production partners Artemis Productions, vtm


2013: Festroia International Film Festival de Setúbal (PT), Cabourg Film Festival (FR), Montreal World Film Festival (CA)


2013: Audience Award - Festroia International Film Festival de Setúbal (PT)


  • Turkey: Yeni Bir
  • Spain: Surtsey
  • Poland: Bomba Films
  • Canada: A-Z Films
  • Taiwan: Cineplex Dev.
  • Denmark: Rialto (Pay TV)
  • Brasil: Esfera Films (VID/VOD)
  • Denmark: Rendez-Vous Filmverleih

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

Flanders quartet triumphs at Festroia

Four films from Flanders were presented with prizes during the awards ceremony of the Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Felix van Groeningen took home three awards for The Broken Circle Breakdown, while Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and the short film Dura Lex by Anke Blondé were all awarded as well.

OfflineVan Groeningen’s intense drama The Broken Circle Breakdown not only won the Gold Dolphin for Best Film, but also took home the film critics’ FIPRESCI Prize as well as the SIGNIS Prize, awarded by the worldwide association of Catholic communication professionals.

Published on Monday 17 June 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

The food of love

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem lives in a cobblestoned quarter of Ghent that is full of restaurants. So he only had to step out of his door to do the research for his latest script Brasserie Romantique. It turns out that chefs and staff are only all too eager to discuss the peculiarities of their customers, not to mention to show off their prowess in the kitchen. With scenes introduced by intertitles bearing menu  courses, the film follows blind dates, new love and old quarrels in a chic restaurant of valentine’s night.

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Brasserie Romantique tells the story of Pascaline (Sara De Roo, Hotel Swooni), who owns a restaurant with her brother, Angelo (Axel Daeseleire, Hell in Tangier). It’s Valentine’s Day, and the restaurant is fully booked by couples looking for a little romance.

Published on Thursday 23 May 2013

Under the Influence: Joël Vanhoebrouck

Joël Vanhoebrouck is clear where his inspiration as a filmmaker comes from. 'I'm not someone who goes to a lot of art museums or reads books about photographers,' he says. 'I watch movies and I watch actors. That's what fascinates me.'

Text Ian Mundell     Portrait Bart Dewaele

joel vanhoebrouck (c) Bart DewaeleAs a teenager he picked up an old Super 8 camera and began to experiment, but his father suggested video would be a more practical approach. 'In the first weeks we had the camera I made a lot of movies,' Vanhoebrouck (pictured right © Bart Dewaele) recalls. 'I think that's when I realised this is what I wanted to do.'

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

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Director Joël Vanhoebrouck
Producers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo
Writers Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem

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