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Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth gear up to shoot The Barefoot Emperor

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- The directorial duo is putting the wheels in motion to shoot the sequel to their farcical comedy King of the Belgians this September in Croatia

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth gear up to shoot The Barefoot Emperor
Titus de Voogt, Peter Van den Begin and Lucie Debay in a promotional shot for The Barefoot Emperor

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth are gearing up to shoot The Barefoot Emperor this September, the sequel to their film King of the Belgians [+see also:
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, released two years ago. The film will showcase the impressive talent of Peter Van den Begin, who will once again be donning his tailor-made costume from King of the Belgians in the role of a king battered by the political turmoil rocking his fractured country.

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While Wallonia has just proclaimed its independence, the king, retained in Croatia following an unfortunate accident in Sarajevo, would like to return home to save his broken country while being forced to undergo rehabilitative treatment. The imposing Dr. Ilse von Stroheim, one of the architects of the nationalist Nova Europa, takes the opportunity to announce that the last King of the Belgians will become the first Emperor of Nova Europa, without really bothering to consult him on the matter. But the King decides that it’s time to take control of his own destiny.

Starring alongside Lucie Debay (recently seen in Our Struggles [+see also:
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) Titus de Voogt and Bruno Georis, Van des Begin will also be joined by two big names in European cinema, Geraldine Chaplin (recently seen in A Monster Calls [+see also:
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, Anchor and Hope [+see also:
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and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [+see also:
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) and Udo Kier (recently seen in Daughter of Mine [+see also:
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and due to hit our screens later this year in Iron Sky: The Coming Race). The Flemish actor Jan Decleir (who will be hitting our screen in the Stijn Coninx ‘s newfilmNietSchieten) will play the role of Willy Brandt.

King of the Belgians won 12 awards (including the Best Actor Magritte for Van den Begin), was nominated for Best Comedy at the European Film Awards, has been selected at 80 festivals and has been sold in more than 60 countries. 

The film will once again be produced by the directors’ company Bo Films in co-production with Wajnbrosse (Belgium), Topkapi Films (the Netherlands), Propeler Film (Croatia) and Art Fest (Bulgaria). International sales will be handled by Be For Films.

(Translated from French)

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