Belgium, The Netherlands, Bulgaria
With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world – and his true self.
Displacement as the essence of comedy, in other words.
The challenge was how to actually tell this tale ... The Royal Palace hires Duncan Lloyd, a Brit, to upgrade the King’s dull image. Lloyd’s lens is the sole prism through which we experience these six extraordinary days in the life of a King. And what about Belgium, a complicated little country that specializes in surrealism and compromise? The ongoing political turmoil in our peanut kingdom and Europe's ever-deepening identity crisis were a key source of inspiration. But the political tangent of the film remains secondary to the inner transformation of the King as he savors his anonymity and begins to discover his genuine yearnings. To enhance authenticity and spontaneity we often invited the actors to improvise. And we filmed chronologically. The situations become increasingly outrageous but actually remain delightfully believable.
The result is KING OF THE BELGIANS, a road movie about a wayward monarch profoundly lost in the Balkans.
2019 THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR (financing)
2016 KING OF THE BELGIANS
2012 THE FIFTH SEASON
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Written by: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Produced by: Mira Staleva, Stefan Kitanov, Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, François Touwaide, Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Cinematography: Ton Peters
Editing: David Verdurme
Production Design: Sabina Christova
Costume Design: Eka Bichinashvili, Claudine Tychon
Make-Up & Hair: Petya Simeonova
Sound Design: Michel Schöpping
Cast: Peter Van den Begin (King Nicolas III), Lucie Debay (Louise Vancraeyenest), Titus De Voogdt (Carlos De Vos), Bruno Georis (Ludovic Moreau), Pieter van der Houwen (Duncan Lloyd), Nina Nikolina (Ana)
Nominations and Awards
- European Comedy 2017