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Belgium's official Entry to the Academy Awards' Foreign Language category



Belgium 2009 | Run time: 108 min.

Director: Felix Van Groeningen | Language: Flemish


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Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father and three uncles at his grandmother’s house. Every day he is faced with their drinking, fighting, and shameful laziness. Gunther must find a way to escape this misfortune or he will end up in the same situation as his derelict family.
















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Cast & Crew

Director: Felix Van Groeningen

Producer: Dirk Impens (Academy Award nominated producer)

Cast: Koen De Graeve, Johan Heldenbergh, Wouter Hendrickx, Bert Haelvoet, Valentijn Dhaenens, Kenneth Vanbaeden, Gilda De Bal, Pauline Grossen, Natali Broods, Sara De Bosschere,Jos Geens

Screen Play Adapted by: Christophe Dirickx and Felix van Groeningen. Based on the novel of the same name
by Demitri Verhulst




CICAE Award – 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Official Selection – 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection – 2009 Hamptons Film Festival

Official Selection – 2009 Pusan International Film Festival

Official Selection – 2010 Palm Springs Film Festival

Winner - Special Mention, ART CINEMA AWARD jury,

Winner – Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography,2009 Hamptons Film Festival


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