Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

KING OF THE BELGIANS

Year: 2016
Country: BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, BULGARIA
Language: English, French, Dutch, Bulgarian
Run Time: 94 minutes

KING OF THE BELGIANS
KING OF THE BELGIANS
KING OF THE BELGIANS
KING OF THE BELGIANS

Peter Van den Begin gives another masterful performance (see him also in “Everybody Happy”—41st CIFF) as the titular King Nicolas III of Belgium, a man who is beginning to maybe question his role in the world. The vehicle for the story revolves around a British documentary filmmaker trying to film a flattering portrait of Nicolas and his family. But, while the king and his staff are in Turkey on a state visit, the Belgium province of Wallonia declares independence and the king must hurry back to Brussels to settle matters. A solar flare has all but destroyed all chances of modern travel and communications, so the court must find a way home via the Balkans. Yes, those Balkans. KING OF THE BELGIANS provides a humorous portrait of a man unsure of his place in the world, trying to get back to a country with a similar station in Europe. Van den Begin’s performance is worth the price of admission, and the directing duo of Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth provide a film that is both hilarious and poignant—a beautifully shot visual tour of forgotten lands through the eyes of a man struggling to remain relevant in his own country. (In English, French, Dutch, and Bulgarian with subtitles) —T.W.

CIFF41 Screenings

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Sidebar
WORLD TOUR

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Peter Brosens was born in Leuven, Flanders, Belgium in 1962. Jessica Woodworth was born in Washington state in 1971. She studied literature at Princeton University, and earned her M.A. in Documentary from Stanford University.

Filmography
"Khadak" (2006), "Altiplano" (2009), "The Fifth Season" (2012), KING OF THE BELGIANS (2016)

Producers
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Screenwriting
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Cinematography
Ton Peters

Editing
David Verdurme

Principal Cast
Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis, Pieter van der Houwen, Nina Nikolina

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