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by Felix van Groeningen


Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father and three uncles at his grandmother's. There, he daily faces enormous quantities of alcohol, picking up women and shameless hanging out and doing nothing. Everything points to Gunther suffering the same fate. Or will Gunther yet manage to escape his misfortune?

international title: The Misfortunates
original title: De helaasheid der dingen
country: Belgium, Netherlands
sales agent: MK2 Films
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Felix van Groeningen
film run: 108'
release date: BE 07/10/2009, NL 08/10/2009, FR 30/12/2009, DE 20/05/2010, PL 18/06/2010
screenplay: Felix van Groeningen
cast: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx, Johan Heldenbergh, Bert Haelvoet, Gilda De Bal, Natali Broods, Pauline Grossen, Sofie Palmers
cinematography by: Ruben Impens
film editing: Nico Leunen
art director: Kurt Rigolle
music: Jef Neve
producer: Dirk Impens, Jeroen Beker, Frans Van Gestel
production: Menuet, IDTV Film
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, MK2 Distribution, Camino Filmverleih, Against Gravity


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Cannes 2009 Director's Fortnight

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