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by Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth


Nicolas III, King of the Belgians, suffers a gunshot wound to the ear during an unfortunate incident in Sarajevo. He wakes up in a sanatorium on a Croatian island that once was Tito’s renowned summer residence. The King’s entourage tries in vain to protect him from the news that the recent implosion of their kingdom has sparked the collapse of the European Union. The fragile King demands to return home at once, but instead he is condemned to a strict regime of rest and rehabilitation by the authoritarian sanatorium director, Dr. Otto Kroll. A delegation from Vienna arrives headed by the distinguished Dr. Ilse von Stroheim, architect of a nationalist Nova Europa. She bears the thunderous news that the last King of the Belgians will become the first Emperor of Europe. The King, fed up with others determining his destiny, decides to take matters into his own hands.

international title: The Barefoot Emperor
original title: The Barefoot Emperor
country: Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia, Bulgaria
sales agent: Be for Films
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
film run: 98'
screenplay: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
cast: Peter Van Den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Bruno Georis, Titus De Voogdt, Darko Stazic, Pieter van der Houwen, Sinisa Labrovic, Maya Storm Brosens
cinematography by: Ton Peters
film editing: David Verdurme
art director: Sabina Christova
costumes designer: Morana Starcevic
producer: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
co-producer: Arnold Heslenfeld, Stefan Kitanov, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matic, Laurette Schillings, Mira Staleva, Frans Van Gestel, Marc-Henri Wajnberg
associate producer: Philippe Logie
line producer: Lana Matic
production: Bo Films, Wajnbrosse Productions, Topkapi Films, Propeler Film, Art Fest
backing: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Eurimages

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