EN - Nine-year-old Kiek is full of energy and adores her father who is a doctor travelling to war zones. But she worries constantly: he could get sick, have an accident or be shot. To reduce the chance of something happening to him, she has strange rituals for which she needs a dead dog and a dead mouse. The problem is, she doesn't know where to get them so her chances of saving him diminish.

FR - Kiek a peur car son père s’en va à la guerre dans le but d’aider des gens. Pour réduire les risques qu’il lui arrive quelque chose, elle essaie beaucoup de choses différentes : elle a besoin d’un chien mort et d’une souris morte. Kiek ne connaît personne ayant un chien mort, une souris morte et un père mort. Les chances sont minces.


Title Taking Chances
Original title Patatje oorlog
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Pippa Allen, Johnny de Mol, Rifka Lodeizen, Leny Breederveld, Ruben van der Meer
Photography Jeroen De Bruin
Editing Wouter Jansen

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Aspect ratio RED
Sound format Joeri Verspecht
Colour Colour


Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Kinshasa Kids, Fifth Season and Taking Chances in Zagreb

The Zagreb Film festival (14-21 October) recently selected Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season and the minority co-productions Taking Chances by Nicole van Kilsdonk and Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg. At the close of the festival, the audience also voted Kinshasa Kids as Best Film of the feature-length program.

Still from Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth's The Fifth SeasonPeter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s third feature, The Fifth Season (pictured on the left), is screening in the ‘My Third Film’ sidebar of the Zagreb fest. The directors duo’s earlier filmKhadak also screened at the fest in 2007. The Fifth Season is a haunting tale of mysterious calamity as spring refuses to come as the cycle of nature is derailed. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of a world that is collapsing around them. Flemish co-producer of the film is Bo Films. International sales are handled by Berlin based Films Boutique.

Published on Tuesday 23 October 2012

Corbijn doc joins Berlinale line-up

Klaartje Quirijns’s documentary Anton Corbijn Inside Out has been selected for the 62nd edition of the Berlinale International Film Festival (9 – 19 Febr). The Documentary will screen in the ‘Berlin Special’ section of the fest which also hosts films by Werner Herzog and Kevin Macdonald. Flemish co-producer of the documentary is Brussels-based production outfit Savage Film which recently scored an Oscar Nomination for Michaël R. Roskam's feature debut Bullhead.

Klaartje Quirijns's Anton Corbijn Inside OutAnother Flemish co-production in Berlin is Nicole Van Kilsdonk's Taking Chances, which has been selected for Generation Kplus. Meanwhile Laura Zuallaert's short film Asparragos was picked for the Culinary Cinema section of the fest. The Berlinale screening of Anton Corbijn Inside Out on 17 February will also be the film’s World Premiere. Quirijns states that ‘she always tries to make films about people. Anton is a photographer, but I’ve approached him just as I would one of my characters, be it a weapons dealer, someone who wants to get dictators before a court or someone vying for peace. They are all people fighting a battle, with others, with a political system or as with Anton, with himself.’

Published on Monday 23 January 2012

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Producers Dries Phlypo
Writers Lotte Tabbers

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