EN - Hit man Schneider gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday with the offer of a rush job. Schneider turns it down because he has promised his wife help with the preparations for his dinner party. Burt when they meet in Mertens’s office, Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer who lives alone in a secluded place. “It’s an easy job. With a little luck you’re back home before noon.” But Bax’s own home life means an apparently simple job becomes more complex than expected…

NL - Schneider, een huurmoordenaar, wordt gebeld door Mertens. Hij heeft een spoedopdracht voor Schneider, maar Schneider weigert. Hij is jarig en heeft zijn vrouw Lucy beloofd te helpen met het voorbereiden van het diner dat zij vanavond geven. Mertens benadrukt dat het belangrijk is en dat het vandaag moet gebeuren. “Het gaat om Ramon Bax, een schrijver. Hij woont alleen aan de rand van een afgelegen meer. Het is een makkelijke klus, met een beetje geluk ben je voor de middag weer thuis.” Met tegenzin gaat Schneider akkoord, maar de makkelijke klus blijkt een gecompliceerde.


Title Schneider vs Bax
Original title Schneider vs Bax
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-05-24


Cast Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam, Maria Kraakman, Annet Malherbe, Gene Bervoets, Eva van de Wijdeven, Pierre Bokma, Henri Garcin, Loes Haverkort
Photography Tom Erisman
Editing Job ter Burg
Sound Peter Warnier
Art director Geert Paradis
Costume Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Makeup Marike Willard-Hoogveld

Technical specs

Running time film 96'
Release format DCP
Colour Colour


Main producer Marc Van Warmerdam
Main production company Graniet
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders
Production partners Vara


2016: Hong Kong International Film Festival (HK), Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (US), Cleveland International Film Festival (US)

2015: Locarno international Film Festival (CH)

Asian premiere for Sum of Histories and The Land of the Enlightened

Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened both received their Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included four co-productions with Flanders: Schneider vs Bax, The White Knights, Les Cowboys and the short film Splintertime. Finally, Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet was also featured in Embrace of the Serpent, in which he plays one of the main roles.

Sum of HistoriesLukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena.

Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

Cleveland takes four from Flanders

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

The ArdennesFollowing recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

Published on Tuesday 8 March 2016

Swedish platform for Black and The Ardennes

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are both heading north for the Göteborg Film Festival at the end of January. The programme contains another five co-productions with Flanders, while local talents Matthias Schoenaerts and Jan Bijvoet appear in foreign films at the Festival.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes, Pront’s ‘Flemish thriller noir’ about two brothers on the wrong track, will be presented in the New Voices programme in Göteborg, a section of 30 films from up-and-coming international directors. El Arbi and Fallah’s contemporary Romeo & Juliet story Black is part of the Five Continents section.

Published on Tuesday 19 January 2016

Lucifer and Empire invited to BFI London Film Festival

Gust Van den Berghe's Lucifer and Kristof Hoornaert's short Empire are both invites to the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (7 – 18 October). Four co-productions with Flanders - Couple in a Hole, Les cowboys, Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) - also made it to the final selection.

Still EmpireLucifer is Gust Van den Berghe's third feature and the final installment to his tryptic  to which Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue bird also belong. On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn't bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before.

Published on Tuesday 1 September 2015

Toronto adds The Ardennes and Black to its line-up

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s second feature Black are to receive their world premieres as part of the ‘Discovery’ strand at this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September). The animated short Paradise as well as five co-productions with Flanders also made it into the final selection. Finally there’s also the omni-presence of Flemish heartthrob Matthias Schoenaerts.

Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF)The Ardennes (D’Ardennen) is Robin Pront’s feature debut, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman, Bullhead), Kevin Janssens (Storm Force) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It’s the story of two brothers. When a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, his brother is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. After Toronto the film is also set to open the Film Fest Ghent in October.

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

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