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by Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth


King Nicolas III is a lonely soul who has the distinct feeling he’s living the wrong life. He embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned by the Palace to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch’s rather dull image. The news breaks that Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence. The King, bursting with purpose, must return home at once to save his kingdom. And for once, he declares, he will write his own damn speech. As they rally to depart, a solar storm strikes the earth causing communications to collapse and airspace to shut down. No phones. No planes. To make matters worse, Turkish security coldly dismisses the King’s suggestion they return home by road. But the King has no intention of waiting out this storm. Lloyd, sniffing an opportunity of historical proportions, hatches a dubious escape plan that involves flowery dresses and singing Bulgarians.

international title: King of the Belgians
original title: King of the Belgians
working title: Kebab Royal
country: Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria
sales agent: Be for Films
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
film run: 94'
screenplay: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
cast: Peter Van Den Begin, Lucie Debay, Goran Radaković, Nathalie Laroche, Titus De Voogdt, Valentin Ganev
cinematography by: Ton Peters
film editing: David Verdurme
art director: Sabina Christova
costumes designer: Claudine Tychon, Eka Bichinashvili
producer: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
co-producer: Arnold Heslenfeld, Stefan Kitanov, Laurette Schillings, Frans Van Gestel
production: Bo Films, Entre Chien et Loup, Topkapi Films, Art Fest, VAF, Screen Flanders and the CCA


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2016

Busan International Film Festival 2016 

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