EN - The Road Back is a documentary journey to a time and place that have long been considered lost. The main character tries to find a village near a former international railway line where his recently deceased mother spent her youth. The past merges with the present as the filmmaker mixes archival films and close-ups of nature with old photographs. In fact, this blending of two medias forms the basis for discovering not only the relicts of the past that lie hidden beneath layers of contemporary phenomena, but also the unstoppable flow of seemingly unchanging time.


Title The Road Back
Original title De weg terug
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs , Experimental
Genre experimental, documentary, biography
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-10-26


Cast Frans Wouters
Music Jeroen Van de Sande
Sound Postproduction Chris Watson
grading Hans Bruch Jr

Technical specs

Running time film 31'33"
Release format Apple ProRes 422
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9 - pillarbox
Sound format stereo
Colour Black-white
Available in 2D



2017: Film Market - Visions du Réel (CH)

2016: Opus Bonum - Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (CZ)

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Last edited on 21 March 2017

Short info

Director Maurits Wouters
Producers Maurits Wouters
Writers Maurits Wouters

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Argos Arts
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Website www.mauritswouters.be/
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