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

The Barefoot Emperor

Year: 2019
Language: English, Dutch, French, German
Run Time: 99 minutes

The Barefoot Emperor
The Barefoot Emperor
The Barefoot Emperor
The Barefoot Emperor

During a live reenactment in Sarajevo of the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, King Nicolas III of Belgium is mistakenly shot in the ear. Three days later, he wakes up in an off-the-grid sanatorium on a Croatian island where he is kept in the dark about his recently failed state and the consequential collapse of the European Union. As facts and rumors quickly spread of the international crisis, a powerful nationalist group called Nova Europa declares that a new Emperor of Europe will soon be announced to the world… from the sanatorium itself. As the sanatorium patients anxiously await the arrival of their new leader, a series of peculiar events make for a hilariously odd situation. Delightfully strange and satirical, THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR will keep you laughing (and guessing) until the end. While you don’t have to see the first film to enjoy the second, THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR is the sequel to “King of the Belgians,” which screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2016. (In English, Dutch, French, and German with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

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


Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfled, Laurette Schillings, Boris T. Matic, Lana Matic, Stefan Kitanov, Mira Staleva, Marc-Henri Wajnberg

Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Ton Peters

David Verdume

Principal Cast
Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Bruno Georis, Titus De Voogdt

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