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by Christophe Van Rompaey


Lena lives in Rotterdam with her mother Danka, who puts a flag in the window whenever she has a man in the apartment so that Lena doesn’t interrupt. Danka constantly reminds Lena that she’s overweight and in the way: a burden in every sense. Lena doesn’t want to be defined by her size, but it seems she’s only free of it while dancing or having sex. All this changes when she meets Daan. She spots him one night while she’s riding her moped and he’s running from the cops. Daan is handsome and apparently wealthy. He doesn’t mind Lena’s size. He might even be in love with her. He buys her expensive gifts and asks her to move in. Lena is happy to flee her miserable home life, but can she trust Daan?

original title: Lena
country: Netherlands, Belgium
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH (a brand of Telepool GmbH)
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Christophe Van Rompaey
film run: 90'
release date: BE 23/11/2011
screenplay: Mieke de Jong
cast: Emma Levie, Niels Gomperts, Jeroen Willems, Agata Buzek
cinematography by: Menno Westendorp
film editing: Nico Leunen
art director: Wilbert Van Dorp
costumes designer: Ellen Lens
producer: Els Vandevorst, Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Ineke Smits
production: Isabella Films, A Private View, NPS Television, Kazbek BV
backing: CoBO Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Rotterdam Media Fund
distributor: Benelux film Distributors Netherlands (BFD), Benelux Films Distributors Belgium (BFD)
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