EN - After suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during an unfortunate incident in Sarajevo, the King of the Belgians wakes up on a Croatian island, once Tito’s famed summer residence. While he tries to escape from the island to save his Kingdom, an envoy arrives announcing that the King has been chosen to become the first Emperor of a nationalist Nova Europa. Fed up with others determining his destiny, the King takes matters into his own hands.

NL - Hoe de laatste Koning der Belgen de eerste Keizer van Europa wordt.

FR - Comment de dernier Roi des Belges devint le premier Empereur des Européens.


Title The Barefoot Emperor
Original title The Barefoot Emperor
Original language English, Dutch, French, German
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre Dramatic comedy
Year 2019


Cast Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis a.o.
Photography Ton Peters
Editing David Verdurme
Sound Pepijn Aben
Art director Sabina Christova
Costume Morana Starčević
Makeup Petya Simeonova
Music Alen Sinkauz
Sound designer Charo Calvo

Technical specs

Running time film 98'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1,85
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), French Community of Belgium (CCA/FWB), Netherlands Film Fund (NFF), Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC), Bulgarian National Film Center (BNFC), Eurimages, Telenet, VRT/Canvas, VOO/Betv, LumInvest & Belgian Tax Shelter
Production partners Wajnbrosse Productions (BE), Topkapi Films (NL), Propeler Film (HR), Art Fest (BG)
Tax shelter partners LumInvest

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Last edited on 10 July 2019

Short info

Director Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Producers Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Writers Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Bo Films
Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
Ooilamstraat 8
9000 Ghent


Be For Films
Pamela Leu
Villalaan 28 box A
1060 Brussels

Website www.thebarefootemperor.com
Preferential partners