Films

The Misfortunates

The Misfortunates, "De helaasheid der dingen"

Synopsis

Director

Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father Celle and three uncles (Breejen, Koen and Lowie) at his grandmother's house. After a series of failed marriages, the Strobbes moved back in with their aged mother. The all-male family lives in the filthiest shack in the unsightly town of Reetveerdegem according to the principle: "God created the day and we party our way through it." Every evening, Gunther joins his father and uncles in the local bar where they drink themselves into oblivion while Gunther does his homework. But can Gunther influence the course of his own history? Can he play a trick on fate? 

Felix van Groeningen

(b. 1977, Gent, Belgium) completed his studies at KASK in Gent in 2002 with a Masters degree in visual arts. This was followed by a number of short films; he also wrote and directed theatre plays whilst working as an actor. Eventually deciding to return to film, he has since made three feature films with producer Dirk Impens.

Filmography

  • Steve + Sky (2004)
  • Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These, 2007)
  • De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates, 2009)
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012, PÖFF 2013)
  •  Belgica (2016)

Schedule

21.11.2017
21:15 - 23:03
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 051703
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

In Focus: Flanders

Film info

Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Year: 2009
Duration: 108 minutes
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Producer: Dirk Impens
Writers: Christophe Dirickx, Felix van Groeningen
DOP: Ruben Impens
Montage: Nico Leunen
Composer: Jef Neve
Cast: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx, Johan Heldenbergh
Productions: Favourite Films NV, IDTV Film
Festivals: Cannes (C.I.C.A.E. Award - Special Mention), Toronto, Warsaw, Busan, Hong Kong, Istanbul (Best Film)

Synopsis

Director

Gunther Strobbe, 13, lives with his father Celle and three uncles (Breejen, Koen and Lowie) at his grandmother's house. After a series of failed marriages, the Strobbes moved back in with their aged mother. The all-male family lives in the filthiest shack in the unsightly town of Reetveerdegem according to the principle: "God created the day and we party our way through it." Every evening, Gunther joins his father and uncles in the local bar where they drink themselves into oblivion while Gunther does his homework. But can Gunther influence the course of his own history? Can he play a trick on fate? 

Felix van Groeningen

(b. 1977, Gent, Belgium) completed his studies at KASK in Gent in 2002 with a Masters degree in visual arts. This was followed by a number of short films; he also wrote and directed theatre plays whilst working as an actor. Eventually deciding to return to film, he has since made three feature films with producer Dirk Impens.

Filmography

  • Steve + Sky (2004)
  • Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These, 2007)
  • De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates, 2009)
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012, PÖFF 2013)
  •  Belgica (2016)