EN - Ralph Hartman is a successful stand-up comedian who is struggling - with life, but mainly with himself. In fact, he is being followed by the man in his head, who rarely stops talking. Meanwhile, Hartman has to keep going in the merciless environment of stand-up comedy, during an exhausting tour with annoying colleagues and great expectations while his negative voice constantly wades in. Fortunately Laura Maris is there, too, and she seems to recognise his problem.

Everybody Happy is a parable about how we can all end up on the edge of a precipice, but also about how we can step away from it. A film that won’t save the world. But it may save you…

NL - Ralph Hartman, een succesvolle stand-up comedian, worstelt met zijn ergste vijand: zijn eigen negativiteit.

FR - Ralph Hartman, humoriste à succès, lutte avec son pire ennemi: son négativisme.


Title Everybody Happy
Original title Everybody Happy
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-09-28


Cast Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian, Jeroen Leenders, Josse De Pauw, Kamal Kharmach, Leen Dendievel, Rik Verheye, Veerle Malschaert
Photography Robrecht Heyvaert
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Sound Peter Flamman
Art director Kurt Loyens
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Esther De Goey
Music Henny Vrienten, Triggerfinger

Technical specs

Running time film 93'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 2.35
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders
Production partners Kaap Holland Film (NL), Entre Chien et Loup (BE), één (BE), SCIO Productions (BE)


2016: Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Filmfestival Oostende (BE)

Montreal presents Everybody Happy and Behind the Clouds

Nic Balthazar’s new feature film Everybody Happy had its world première at the Montreal World Film Festival (25 August-5 September). The Festival also hosted the international premiere of Behind the Clouds, a debut feature by Cecilia Verheyden.

Everybody HappyNic Balthazar is no stranger to Montreal, where his debut feature Ben X won no less than three awards in 2007. His third feature, starring Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian and Josse De Pauw, is a modern parable about a successful stand-up comedian who is wrestling with his own worst enemy: his own negativity.

Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016

Balthazar's Happy Awarded at Montreal

Nic Balthazar's third feature, Everybody Happy, has won the Award for Best Direction at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival. The film is to receive a theatrical release in Belgium after opening this year's Film Festival Oostende.

Everybody HappyBased on an original screenplay by Balthazar, Everybody Happy tells the story of Ralph Hartman, a successful stand-up comedian who is struggling. With life, but mainly with himself. The film stars Peter Van den Begin (King of the BelgiansWaste Land) as Hartman.

Published on Wednesday 7 September 2016

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