EN - Rocky grows up surrounded by death: everyone around him dies in freak accidents of which he is the centre.

FR - Rocky grandit en étant entouré par la mort : tout le monde autour de lui meurt dans des accidents terrifiants et à chaque fois, il se trouve au centre. Une histoire moderne à propos de beaucoup de malchance et un petit peu de bonheur.


Title The Extraordinary Life of Rocky
Original title Het Bijzondere Leven van Rocky De Vlaeminck
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre comedy-drama
Year 2010


Cast Kenneth Van Baeden, Ruth Becquart, Wim Willaert, Jef Demedts, Josse De Pauw, Fons Dumont, Robbe Langeraert, Darya Gantura, Pieter Genard, June Voeten, Zoé Ergo, Renaud Laureyns
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Tom Denoyette
Music Original Music: Das Pop / Additional Tracks: Red Zebra, Machiavel, Django Reinhardt, Helmut Lotti, W.A. Mozart

Technical specs

Running time film 13'36"
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, SABAM

Nuru and Rocky grab US awards

Michael Palmaers’ Nuru and Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky both won awards at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). Nuru took first prize for Best Animation while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky grabbed the Grand Prize for Best Comedy Short.

Still from Kevin Meul's Extraordinary Life of RockyThese are not the first US awards for either film: Nuru had already won Best Animation at the Palm Springs Shortfest while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky (pictured) received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short in Seattle. In Nuru an opportunistic director of an abandoned zoo assigns a doctor to perform medical experiments on an gorilla. The film is inspired by the paintings The Explanation and The Empire of Light by René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking The Dog.

Published on Tuesday 21 August 2012

Rocky grabs Jury Award in Seattle

Kevin Meul’s short, The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, has won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Seattle International Film Festival (17 May-10 June). With this win, the short is now eligible to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards.

Visual from Kevin Meul's short The Extraordinary Life of RockyIn its statement, the jury of three praised The Extraordinary Life of Rocky as ‘A darkly funny exploration of a young man with a curse. This unlikely romance marries perfect period detail with a wonderfully morbid Scandinavian sensibility.’ The award also comes with a cash prize of $1,000.

Published on Friday 1 June 2012

Four Flemish shorts hop the border to Lille fest

Four Flemish shorts have been selected for competition at the Lille European Film Festival. Nicolas Daenens’ 27, Rosto’s The Monster of Nix, Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky and Wouter Bongaert’s Mouse For Sale will screen in the French-Flemish “métropole” from 30 March-6 April.

27 meulThe Lille European Film Festival is organised annually with the purpose of revealing short film talents, facilitating meetings with potential partners or buyers, and increasing the general public’s awareness of short films. The European Film Festival was founded as a festival exclusively dedicated to shorts, but now shows feature films as well. Participation in the fest’s competition, however, is reserved for short films only.

Published on Thursday 8 March 2012

Cinequest features five from Flanders

Guy Lee Thys’ new feature Mixed Kebab and Geoffrey Enthoven’s award-winning Come As You Are have been selected for the Cinequest Film Festival (28 February-11 March) in California. Three shorts also made it to the pioneering fest's final line-up: Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, Boris Sverlow’s Shattered Past and Nicolas Daenens’ 27.

Boris Sverlow's Shattered PastMixed Kebab, which will premiere internationally in the Global Landscapes Competition of the festival, is praised by Cinequest’s Terra Wood for the way the ‘electrifying and multicultural cast brilliantly captures courage, tolerance and the beauty of love conquering hate’. Geoffrey Enthoven returns to Cinequest after his previous feature The Over the Hill Band was presented as part of the 2010 edition of the fest.

Published on Wednesday 8 February 2012

Triumph for Come As You Are and Rocky at Valladolid

Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are and Kevin Meul’s short film The Extraordinary Life of Rocky have won the Golden Spike for Best Feature and the Meeting Point Award for Best Short Film respectively at the 56th Valladolid International Film Festival (22-29 October). In addition to netting the Spanish fest’s main prize, Come As You Are also won the Young Jury Award in the Official Competition.

Crew of Come As You Are at ValladolidCome As You Are has been enjoying remarkable success both at home and abroad. In its home territory, the film has already registered over 150,000 admissions. After its world premiere at the World Film Festival of Montréal, where it won the Grand Prix des Amériques and the Audience Award, among others, the film was sold to nine territories including Brazil, Canada, Germany, France and Spain. Negotiations with other countries are ongoing, while the rumors of an international remake keep surfacing. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.

Published on Monday 31 October 2011

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