Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: BELGIUM
Run Time: 91 minutes


Alex drops by her parents’ house one day and makes a stunning discovery: her mother Viv has disappeared without warning and abandoned her father Jean. However, the ostensible reason for this departure—Viv is stressed out from caring for Jean, who is in the throes of dementia—turns out to be only part of the story. The couple’s decades-long relationship is haunted by a crushing betrayal. As Alex takes over caretaker duties in her mother’s absence, her parents’ issues dredge up both childhood trauma and the fissures in her own marriage to Claus, an academic who can’t seem to stay faithful. When closure finally comes for each family member, the results don’t necessarily bring comfort; but they do illustrate the immense power of forgiveness. Intimate and quietly wrenching, FACADES examines the myriad ways painful secrets build up over time and how that tests the malleability of familial love. Above all the film is a reminder that the strongest bonds are often wildly imperfect. (In Dutch and French with subtitles) —A.Z.

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels

Nathalie Basteyns and Kaat Beels were born in Belgium and attended the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. They have co-directed numerous acclaimed television shows in Belgium, including Chaussee D’amour and Beau Sejour, which premiered at the 2016 Series Mania Festival in Paris and was later released on Netflix.

FACADES (2017)

Ivy Vanhaecke, Pieter Van Huyck, Saskia Verboven, Marijke Wouters

Jan Pepermans

Anton Mertens

Bert Jacobs

Principal Cast
Natali Broods, Johan Leysen, They Maassen

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