EN - The Importance of Sweet and Salt is a black comedy about a man's inner struggle to escape from an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife. While preparing dinner for his spouse, the man contemplates his current predicament and comes to question his sanity.

FR - The Importance of Sweet and Salt est une tragi-comédie sur le combat intérieur d’un homme qui essaie de s’extirper d’une relation extrêmement dysfonctionnelle avec sa femme. Alors qu’il prépare le dîner pour sa femme, l’homme réfléchit à sa propre situation et commence à mettre en doute sa santé mentale.


Title The Importance of Sweet and Salt
Original title The Importance of Sweet and Salt
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre tragicomedy
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-12-01


Cast Jan Vergote, Véronique Buysse, Bart Hollanders, Hélène Devos
Photography Manu Vanderjeugd
Editing Benoit De Clerck
Sound Jeroen Truijens
Music Karel Vercamst

Technical specs

Running time film 13' 10"
Release format Blu-ray, Apple ProRes
Aspect ratio 1:2.35
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2012: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2012: International Short Film Festival Leuven - Jury Prize (BE)

Prey, The Importance of Sweet & Salt and DAY_6011 to LA Shorts Fest

Jonas Baeckeland’s short film Prey has been selected for this year’s Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Also known as LA Shorts Fest, it is one of the largest American Oscar-qualifying short film festivals. The Importance of Sweet & Salt by Benoit De Clerck and Raf Wathion's animation short DAY_6011 are also added to the LA fest’s slate. The festival screens more than 250 short films from 5-12 September.

PreyIn Prey, director Jonas Baeckeland follows Algerian-born Ali Toumi, who has just escaped from a Belgian prison. Buying himself a new identity he hopes to make a fresh start and provide his family with a normal integrated life. But an unforeseen encounter with an old acquaintance makes Ali relapse into old habits.

Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Flemish Award winners at Leuven short Fest

Benoit De Clerck’s The Importance of Sweet and Salt, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar nominated Death of a Shadow, Wouter Bouvijn’sCrossroads and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the winners in the Flemish competition at the 18th Leuven International Short Film festival (1 – 8 December). The Humo Award, a guest competition, went to Kiss Me Softly by Anthony Schatteman (pictured on the left).

Director Anthony Schatteman receiving his HUMO Award at Leuven shortThe Importance of Sweet and Salt, a tragicomedy about a man's inner struggle to escape from an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife, grabbed the Jury Award. The Award, which comes with a cash prize of € 2,000, also ensures the short a spot on the 2014 Academy Awards longlist. Meanwhile Wouter Bouvijn’s short Crossroads received the Award for Best Debut.

Published on Sunday 9 December 2012

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Short info

Director Benoit De Clerck
Producers Benoit De Clerck, Jean Pourveur
Writers Benoit De Clerck

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