• Fragment uitKing of the Belgians + meet&greet director
  • Fragment uitKing of the Belgians + meet&greet director
  • Fragment uitKing of the Belgians + meet&greet director
  • Fragment uitKing of the Belgians + meet&greet director
  • Fragment uitKing of the Belgians + meet&greet director
Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, 2016 94 minutes Peter van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus de Voogdt, Bruno Georis, Goran Radakovic Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria English, Flemish, French, Bulgarian 27 May 2017 English

KING OF THE BELGIANS is a road movie in which a dormant King gets lost in the Balkans and awakens to the real world. Is King of the Belgians a mockumentary about the European crisis or just an entertaining road movie? An ironic reflection on the refugee crisis? Director Peter Brosens will attend this special English subtitled screening and answer all your questions!

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. During their visit to Turkey, 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. Thus begins their undercover odyssey across the Balkans, a journey that's loaded with wrong turns, startling encounters and moments of fleeting joy.

Programme:
20:30 screening KING OF THE BELGIANS
22:05 Q&A with director Peter Brosens

NB: This special screening in cooperation with Meet Maastricht Festival is English subtitled.