EN - Brussels. Dealing with the capital’s grim underbelly on a daily basis, taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste lives with Kathleen and her five-year-old son. But his convictions start to crumble when Kathleen unexpectedly becomes pregnant. His very last homicide case, involving a death-obsessed dealer in Congolese cult statues, slowly drags him deeper into the wasteland, far away from his wife and his role as a father.

Waste Land is a psychological thriller about a man and a city in crisis during the nine months of pregnancy of his wife.

FR - Bruxelles. Leo Woeste, un détective introverti, vit avec sa femme Kathleen et leur fils de 5 ans. Quotidiennement confronté à la dure réalité de la face cachée de la capitale, les convictions de Leo s'effondrent lorsque sa femme tombe enceinte contre toute attente. Sa dernière affaire d'homicide, impliquant un trafiquant de statuettes de culte congolaises obsédé par la mort, l'éloigne peu à peu de sa femme et de son rôle de père.

Waste Land est un thriller psychologique à propos d'un homme et d'une ville en crise pendant les neuf mois de grossesse de sa femme.


Title Waste Land
Original title Waste Land
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre psychological thriller
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-09-04


Cast Jérémie Renier, Natali Broods, Babetida Sadjo, Peter Van den Begin, Peter Van den Eede, Mourade Zeguendi, François Beukelaers
Photography Menno Mans
Editing Nico Leunen
Sound Marc Engels, Senjan Jansen, Matthieu Cox
Art director Geert Paredis
Costume Catherine Marchand
Makeup Esther De Goey
Music Simon Lenski
Sound design Senjan Jansen

Technical specs

Running time film 97'
Release format DCP
Other available formats dvd
Aspect ratio 1:1.35
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Wallimage/Bruxellimage, The Belgian Federal Governmnent's Tax Shelter, Telenet, 2BE
Production partners Mollywood


2014: Vanguard - Toronto International Film Festival (CA), Film Fest Gent (BE), Busan Film Festival (SK), Austin Fantasic Film Festival (US)

2012: Berlinale Co-production Market (DE)


2015: Flemish Film Ensor Awards for Best Script - Direction and Best performances by Peter Van den Begin and Babetida Sadjo (BE), Cineurope Award - Les Arcs (FR)

N – The Madness of Reason, Waste Land main winners at the Ensors

Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.

N - The Madness of ReasonWaste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.

Published on Sunday 20 September 2015

Waste Land and Paradise Trips lead Ensor noms

Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens are the frontrunners for this year’s Ensor awards. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Waste LandWaste Land tops the list with a spectacular 13 nominations (inc. Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Jérémie Renier) and Best Actress (Natali Broods)), followed by Paradise Trips with nine nominations (inc. Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor (Gene Bervoets)).

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Flanders well represented in Cleveland line-up

Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.

HalfwayHalfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.

Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).

Published on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Waste Land takes the Cineuropa Prize in Les Arcs

Pieter Van Hees’s psychological thriller Waste Land has won the Cineuropa Prize at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs (13-20 December). It’s the first international award for Waste Land, the closing chapter in the director’s trilogy.

Waste LandSince its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn, Waste Land has been seen at a number of festivals including Busan, Austin, Stockholm and now Les Arcs; but this is the film’s first prize. The Cineuropa Prize is an initiative of Cineuropa, the online portal showcasing European cinema worldwide.

Published on Monday 12 January 2015

New Flemish features to be launched in Les Arcs

Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - Black, Belgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.

BlackWaste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.

Published on Monday 15 December 2014

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Short info

Director Pieter Van Hees
Producers Koen Mortier, Eurydice Gysel
Writers Pieter Van Hees

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