EN - Seven-year-old Vibe lives with her grandparents. At the weekends, she travels over 100 kilometres to visit her parents. The magic of childhood slowly fades to make way for reality and it is at this turning point I ask her how all this came to be. The answer leads me from the idyllic landscapes of Moerkerke to Vibe's mother, my sister Britt, who lives behind closed curtains, isolated from the outside world. In an audiovisual play of seeing and being seen, of words and silence, I join mother and daughter in an indirect dialogue. Through it, I try to answer Vibe's questions - as well as a few of my own.

NL - De zevenjarige Vibe woont tijdens de week bij haar grootouders en in het weekend bij haar ouders, meer dan 100km verder. Ze begint zich vragen te stellen bij haar ongewone gezinssituatie. In een onrechtstreekse dialoog tussen moeder en dochter tracht ik deze situatie weer te geven.

FR - Vibe, sept ans, vit avec ses grands-parents. Tous les week-ends, elle traverse une centaine de kilomètres pour rendre visite à ses parents. La magie de l’enfance laisse peu à peu la place à la réalité. C’est à ce moment crucial que je lui demande comment tout cela est arrivé. La réponse me conduit dans les paysages de Moerkerke où habite Britt, ma soeur et la mère de Vibe. Elle vit derrière des rideaux fermés, isolée du monde extérieur. Dans un jeu audiovisuel d’observateur et d’observé, de mots et de silences, je relie la mère et la fille par un dialogue indirect. En faisant cela, j’essaie de répondre aux questions de Vibe, ainsi qu’à quelques-unes de mes propres questions.


Title Twenty-One + Seven
Original title Eenentwintig + Zeven
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2011
World première / first public presentation 2011-07-01


Photography Kenneth Michiels
Editing Kenneth Michiels, Nico Leunen
Sound Kenneth Michiels
Music Bedrich Smetana, Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Mixing Thomas Vertongen
Colorist Maarten van Vooren

Technical specs

Running time film 33'
Release format DVD
Other available formats Prores 422 (HQ) File
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by KASK


2011: Filmfestival Gent, Belgium;  Wildcardcompetition IKL, Belgium
2012: Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium; FIPA Biaritz, France; Grote ongeduld XTRA, Belgim
2013: Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary


2011: KASK-Award Stichting Horlait-Dapsens 2011 (BE), VAF Wildcard (BE)

VAF Wildcards 2011 announced

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has once again awarded five promising graduation filmmakers with a VAF Wildcard. This year’s winners are Kenneth Mercken’s The Letter and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s Brothers in the fiction category, Kenneth Michiels’s Twenty-One + Seven and Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir for Documentary and Boris Sverlow’sShattered Past for Animation.

The VAF Wildcard winners of 2011The VAF Wildcards are aimed at giving young filmmaking talent a chance to embark on a first professional project by providing a (starting) budget of €40,000 or €60,000, plus a professional coach. Now in its seventh edition, the VAF Wildcards have quickly become the most important awards in Flanders.

Published on Thursday 8 December 2011

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Director Kenneth Michiels
Producers Kenneth Michiels
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