Joël Vanhoebrouck

After graduating from the RITS School of Arts in Brussels, Joël Vanhoebrouck built up an impressive list of credits, first as a location manager and then as assistant director. He worked on both Flemish and French-speaking productions, with directors ranging from Bouli Lanners and Philippe Blasband to Tom Barman and Jan Verheyen. Working with Verheyen on the feature film Gilles resulted in an offer to join the film and TV series Missing Persons Unit, initially as assistant and then as episode director. After that, Vanhoebrouck directed episodes of crime series Code 37 before being given a chance to steer a series on his own, Double Life, a character-based drama set in a small city between Brussels and Antwerp. Brasserie Romantique is Vanhoebrouck’s first feature film.

From the Flanders (i) magazine

The food of love

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem lives in a cobblestoned quarter of Ghent that is full of restaurants. So he only had to step out of his door to do the research for his latest script Brasserie Romantique. It turns out that chefs and staff are only all too eager to discuss the peculiarities of their customers, not to mention to show off their prowess in the kitchen. With scenes introduced by intertitles bearing menu  courses, the film follows blind dates, new love and old quarrels in a chic restaurant of valentine’s night.

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Brasserie Romantique tells the story of Pascaline (Sara De Roo, Hotel Swooni), who owns a restaurant with her brother, Angelo (Axel Daeseleire, Hell in Tangier). It’s Valentine’s Day, and the restaurant is fully booked by couples looking for a little romance.

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Published on Thursday 23 May 2013

Under the Influence: Joël Vanhoebrouck

Joël Vanhoebrouck is clear where his inspiration as a filmmaker comes from. 'I'm not someone who goes to a lot of art museums or reads books about photographers,' he says. 'I watch movies and I watch actors. That's what fascinates me.'

Text Ian Mundell     Portrait Bart Dewaele

joel vanhoebrouck (c) Bart DewaeleAs a teenager he picked up an old Super 8 camera and began to experiment, but his father suggested video would be a more practical approach. 'In the first weeks we had the camera I made a lot of movies,' Vanhoebrouck (pictured right © Bart Dewaele) recalls. 'I think that's when I realised this is what I wanted to do.'

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Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

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