King of the Belgians
Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria / 2016 / 94 min
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. 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...
Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens both hail from documentary but are most widely acclaimed for their three feature films that they wrote, directed and co-produced together: Khadak (Winner of Venice's Lion of the Future 2006), Altiplano (Cannes Critics' Week 2009) and The Fifth Season (Venice Official Competition 2012). Their films appeared in hundreds of festivals and won dozens of distinguished awards. In 2006 Peter and Jessica received the prestigious Culture Award for Film of the Flemish Community of Belgium. King of the Belgians is their fourth fiction feature.
Selected filmography: Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (2012), King of the Belgians (2016)
Cast: Peter Van Den Begin, Bruno Georis, Lucie Debay, Nina Nikolina