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PANAMAJUMBO

Elise Nys
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a documentary film by Elise Nys

in co-production with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche and VRT-Canvas, Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

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a documentary film by Elise Nys
in co-production with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche and VRT-Canvas, Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund.


About the micro cosmos of a Flemish entrepreneur family, lead by an ambitious businesswoman who married the famous artist Panamarenko, whose art is cleverly put to use to sell the family products.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY ELISE NYS


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHER

MICHEL VAN LAER, RENAAT LAMBEETS, DIDIER HILL-DERIVE

SOUND ENGINEER DAN VAN BEVER, LUC CUVEELE

MARC ENGELS, PEDRO VANDEREECKEN

EDITED BY FREDERIC CASTIAU
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AD COMINOTTO

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FERNAND HUTS - the salesman

Manu Riche
Intro

a documentary by  Manu Riche

in coproduction with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche en Canvas, supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

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a documentary by Manu Riche, in coproduction with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche and Canvas, supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

Fernand Huts and his wife Karine form one of the most succesfull business couples in the city of Antwerp. They open the door into the heart of the Antwerp port and its economy. Besides their business, they are also notorious art collectors. In many ways they are a renaissance couple of the 21th century. 

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MANU RICHE 


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY RENAAT LAMBEETS

MICHEL VAN LAER, JEAN-FRANCOIS BOUCHER

SOUND ENGINEER LUC CUVEELE, DAN VAN BEVER
EDITED BY FREDERIC CASTIAU
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AD COMINOTTO

Director

MANU RICHE

Born in 1964


Filmography


For the magazine Strip Tease RTBF.


Conversations: 1989 – 13’ 16 mm. Two ladie in a Brussels café, the first takes the tram 26, the other the 81...

La pêche: 1990 – 13’in 16 mm. The story of a showroom and the car seller who dreams of fishing salmon in Scotland…

Les aventures de la famille De Becker: 1991 – 15’ in 16 mm. The story of a Brussels corridor wherein lives a ‘happy family’...

Etat fort civil: 1992 – 15’in 16 mm. The story of the civil servants in the city administration of Brussels.

Documentaries:

The Flemish cultural landscape in seven episodes: (RTBF) 1992 – 52’
in 16 mm. The landscape trough portraits of Flemisch artists Wim
Vandekeybus, Frie Leysen, Paul Goosens, Paul Bottelberghs, Freddy…

Anvers93: (RTBF/FR3/WDR) 1993 – 40’ in 16 mm. A cultural city ?

De Misantroop: (KVS/VRT) 1994 – 52 ‘in Beta digi. A television essay

Brussels 25 Novembre: 1996 (VRT) – 52’ super 8/betacam. Thes tory of a faits divers.

The Black Star: (NPS/VRT/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) 1998 – 52’ super 16.  The story of a Nigerian football player in Belgium.

Welcome to my world: 2000 (VPRO/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) – 80’ in super 16.  The story of a king–coach of a small cycling team.

Baudouin I/ Boudewijn I: 2001 (FR3/RTBF) – 52’ in Beta Digi.
The story of King Baudouin as told by himself.

L’Homme qui n’était pas Maigret: 2002/3 (France2-TSR-RTBF) – 50’ in betadigi/16mm. The invention of the author G.Simenon.

The Politician: 2005 Canvas/ VAF ,52’ in HD: The rise and fall of the sociaist leader in Flanders.

The President: 2005 Canvas/VAF, 52’  in HD: A portrait of the president of footballclub Brussels.

The Salesman: 2006 Canvas/ VAF  in HD: A portrait of a big boss in Antwerp ports business.

Ghislain Libart, Bûcheron: 52’: in HD (VAF, VRTcanvas, Comm.française, Simple Production)

Paul Dujardin, the long march: 76’ en 56’ in HD (VAF, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, VRT canvas)

Portrait of a young man as an artist: (VAF/Riche/filmnatie) in co-direction with Renaat Lambeets (camera)
a portrait of Tom Barman, frontman of the popular band Deus.

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THE HORSE RACE

Mieke Struyve
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a documentary film by Mieke Struyve

in co-production with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche and VRT-Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Released in 2005

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a documentary film by Mieke Struyve
in co-production with Vivi Film, Riche, Riche & Riche and VRT-Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Released in 2005


The Horse Race depicts a festival at the annual horse races in Western Flanders that exceeds folklore and, instead, becomes a story of tradition, old-fashioned social classes, and friendship.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MIEKE STRUYVE


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHER

MICHEL VAN LAER, RENAAT LAMBEETS, DIDIER HILL-DERIVE

SOUND ENGINEER DAN VAN BEVER, LUC CUVEELE, MARC ENGELS, PEDRO VANDEREECKEN
EDITED BY MICHELE HUBINON
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AD COMINOTTO

Director

Mieke Struyve (1979) woont in Brussel.

Documentaires:
• Monseigneur Leonard
Regie auteursdocumentaire, 52min op HD, voor de reeks !Hoge Bomen"
productie: Canvas, OffWorld, Riche&Riche, VAF
• Waregem Koerse, de paardenkoers (2005)
Regie auteursdocumentaire, 52min op Dvcam, voor de reeks !Hoge Bomen"
productie: Canvas, Off World, Vivifilm, Riche&Riche, VAF
• The Blessed House: The Myriam Fuks Story (2004)
Research en productie-assistentie voor de opnames in België,
productie: Periscope Productions/Danaproductions (Israel)
• White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2002)
Research en productie-assistentie, productie: Periscope Productions/BBC
• Tintin et moi (2002)
Archiefresearch, productie: Periscope Productions
• Opa zit op de stopnaald (2001)
Regie korte documentaire, productie: RITS

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Johan Vermeersch - the president

Manu Riche
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a film by Manu Riche

in coproduction with Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Released in 2005.

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a film by Manu Riche, in coproduction with Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Released in 2005.

Johan Vermeersch is manager and president of football club Brussels.  After his career as a football player for RWDM (the former name of Brussels FC), he became one of the most successfully real estate developers in Brussels. Today, he succeeds bringing FC Brussels into the first division. This film follows Vermeersch and his club during their first and difficult year in the Belgian first division.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MANU RICHE

CAMERA JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHER, MICHEL VAN LAER, RENAAT LAMBEETS, DIDIER HILL-DERIVE
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AD COMINOTTO
SOUND ENGINEER DAN VAN BEVER, LUC CUVEELE, MARC ENGELS, PEDRO VANDEREECKEN
EDITOR FREDERIC CASTIAU

Director

MANU RICHE

Born in 1964


Filmography


For the magazine Strip Tease RTBF.


Conversations: 1989 – 13’ 16 mm. Two ladie in a Brussels café, the first takes the tram 26, the other the 81...

La pêche: 1990 – 13’in 16 mm. The story of a showroom and the car seller who dreams of fishing salmon in Scotland…

Les aventures de la famille De Becker: 1991 – 15’ in 16 mm. The story of a Brussels corridor wherein lives a ‘happy family’...

Etat fort civil: 1992 – 15’in 16 mm. The story of the civil servants in the city administration of Brussels.

Documentaries:

The Flemish cultural landscape in seven episodes: (RTBF) 1992 – 52’ in 16 mm. The landscape trough portraits of Flemisch artists Wim Vandekeybus, Frie Leysen, Paul Goosens, Paul Bottelberghs, Freddy…

Anvers93: (RTBF/FR3/WDR) 1993 – 40’ in 16 mm. A cultural city ?

De Misantroop: (KVS/VRT) 1994 – 52 ‘in Beta digi. A television essay

Brussels 25 Novembre: 1996 (VRT) – 52’ super 8/betacam. Thes tory of a faits divers.

The Black Star: (NPS/VRT/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) 1998 – 52’ super 16.  The story of a Nigerian football player in Belgium.

Welcome to my world: 2000 (VPRO/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) – 80’ in super 16.  The story of a king–coach of a small cycling team.

Baudouin I/ Boudewijn I: 2001 (FR3/RTBF) – 52’ in Beta Digi.
The story of King Baudouin as told by himself.

L’Homme qui n’était pas Maigret: 2002/3 (France2-TSR-RTBF) – 50’ in betadigi/16mm. The invention of the author G.Simenon.

The Politician: 2005 Canvas/ VAF ,52’ in HD: The rise and fall of the sociaist leader in Flanders.

The President: 2005 Canvas/VAF, 52’  in HD: A portrait of the president of footballclub Brussels.

The Salesman: 2006 Canvas/ VAF  in HD: A portrait of a big boss in Antwerp ports business.

Ghislain Libart, Bûcheron: 52’: in HD (VAF, VRTcanvas, Comm.française, Simple Production)

Paul Dujardin, the long march: 76’ en 56’ in HD (VAF, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, VRT canvas)

Portrait of a young man as an artist: (VAF/Riche/filmnatie) in co-direction with Renaat Lambeets (camera)
a portrait of Tom Barman, frontman of the popular band Deus.

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STEVE STEVAERT - THE POLITICIAN

Manu Riche
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a documentary film by Manu Riche

in co-production with VRT-Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund

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a documentary film by Manu Riche, in co-production with VRT-Canvas, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund
Released in 2005


The portrait of one of Belgium's current key politicians. Nowadays, politics have become a media reality, a story with good and bad actors. Steve Stevaert is the most eloquent phenomenon amongst them.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MANU RICHE
 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHER, MICHEL VAN LAER,
RENAAT LAMBEETS, DIDIER HILL-DERIVE

SOUND ENGINEER DAN VAN BEVER, LUC CUVEELE, MARC ENGELS, PEDRO VANDEREECKEN
EDITED BY FREDERIC CASTIAU
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AD COMINOTTO

Director

MANU RICHE

Born in 1964


Filmography

For the magazine Strip Tease RTBF.

Conversations: 1989 – 13’ 16 mm. Two ladie in a Brussels café, the first takes the tram 26, the other the 81...

La pêche: 1990 – 13’in 16 mm. The story of a showroom and the car seller who dreams of fishing salmon in Scotland…

Les aventures de la famille De Becker: 1991 – 15’ in 16 mm. The story of a Brussels corridor wherein lives a ‘happy family’...

Etat fort civil: 1992 – 15’in 16 mm. The story of the civil servants in the city administration of Brussels.

Documentaries:

The Flemish cultural landscape in seven episodes: (RTBF) 1992 – 52’ in 16 mm. The landscape trough portraits of Flemisch artists Wim Vandekeybus, Frie Leysen, Paul Goosens, Paul Bottelberghs, Freddy…

Anvers93: (RTBF/FR3/WDR) 1993 – 40’ in 16 mm. A cultural city ?

De Misantroop: (KVS/VRT) 1994 – 52 ‘in Beta digi. A television essay

Brussels 25 Novembre: 1996 (VRT) – 52’ super 8/betacam. Thes tory of a faits divers.

The Black Star: (NPS/VRT/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) 1998 – 52’ super 16.  The story of a Nigerian football player in Belgium.

Welcome to my world: 2000 (VPRO/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) – 80’ in super 16.  The story of a king–coach of a small cycling team.

Baudouin I/ Boudewijn I: 2001 (FR3/RTBF) – 52’ in Beta Digi.
The story of King Baudouin as told by himself.

L’Homme qui n’était pas Maigret: 2002/3 (France2-TSR-RTBF) – 50’ in betadigi/16mm. The invention of the author G.Simenon.

The Politician: 2005 Canvas/ VAF ,52’ in HD: The rise and fall of the sociaist leader in Flanders.

The President: 2005 Canvas/VAF, 52’  in HD: A portrait of the president of footballclub Brussels.

The Salesman: 2006 Canvas/ VAF  in HD: A portrait of a big boss in Antwerp ports business.

Ghislain Libart, Bûcheron: 52’: in HD (VAF, VRTcanvas, Comm.française, Simple Production)

Paul Dujardin, the long march: 76’ en 56’ in HD (VAF, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, VRT canvas)

Portrait of a young man as an artist: (VAF/Riche/filmnatie) in co-direction with Renaat Lambeets (camera)
a portrait of Tom Barman, frontman of the popular band Deus.

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My future

Lieven Corthouts
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a documentary film by Lieven Corthouts

supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund and DGOS.

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a documentary film by Lieven Corthouts, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund and DGOS.

A young Ethiopian girl living in a small village is waiting for the result of the national exam. A result on which her future will depend.

In My Future Director Lieven Corthouts followed a eighteen years old Ethiopian girl, Tsega, for more then 3 months, during the most important period of life: she just finished her national exam, and now she has to wait for her results, on which her future will depend. She is living along with her mother, brothers and sisters in very poor condition in a quit isolated village in the North of Ethiopia, where old religious and social traditions ruling their lives. If she succeeds, she gets the chance to unfold her talents, if she fails, she will have to stay in the village, get married, get children…

Tseag is dreaming of a better future, and wishes to get a university degree in the big city. Therefore, she needs to succeed for her national exam, but the day the results are proclaimed, her result seems to be missing…

My Future tells the touching story of a young intelligent girl with expectations and dreams, just as the same aged young people in our Western world have.
Behind the beautiful background of the magnificent ground and culture of Ethiopia, we’re really dropped by this story into the hard day life reality of Tsega and the little village she’s living in.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY LIEVEN CORTHOUTS
CAMERA LIEVEN CORTHOUTS
SOUDN ENGINEER STEVE THIELEMANS, SIEN VERSTEYHE, WIM HELSEN
EDITED BY NATHALIE COOLS                           
SOUND MIX PETER VAN LAERHOVEN

Director

Lieven Corthouts
 
Date of Birth: 15/01/1975

DOCUMENTARY (FUNDRAISING VIDEO) FOR SIDDHARTA AND YENEGA TESFA
(BOTH ETHIOPIA)  (NGO), NOVEMBER 2009 - FEBRUARY 2010  
Script, camera, editing

SCRIPT, DIRECTOR (CAMERA) AND EDITOR - CGIAR (ILRI) — SEPTEMBER 2008 -
SEPTEMBER 2009  

Documentary on Apiculture in Bure (Amhara), Ethiopia  
Web films (15) for the Gene Bank and Forest Diversity in Addis Ababa  
Documentary about Fodder in Debre Zeit (Oromo), Ethiopia  
 
SCRIPT, DIRECTOR AND CAMERA — OFF WORLD, JANUARY 2007 - FEBRUARY 2009  
Documentary film ‘My Future’  

Funded by Flemish Film Fund and the Belgian Development Cooperation 
 
SCRIPT AND DIRECTOR , SEPTEMBER 2005 - AUGUST 2006  
Reportage film ‘A long distance dream’  

Broadcasted by VRT (Belgium), ZDF (Germany) and the Swiss television

DIRECTING, CAMERA AND SOUND - ENFRENTE ARTE, NOVEMBER 2002 - MAY 2003  
‘The Curo show’, a Belgian rock band is recording a disk in Andalusia, Spain.  
The influences of gypsy flamA kind of making of...

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Awards / Festivals

FIRST AWARD BEST DEBUTE FILM, Miradasdoc, Sancta Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (2009)
Official selection New York independent film festival (New York and Los Angeles), 2009
Official selection Edic Doc, Edinburgh, UK, 2010
Official selectionDocville, leuven, Belgium, 2009
Official selection International film festival of Huesca, Espagne, 2009
Official selection Two riverside International film festival (first film). Waschau, Pologne, 2009
Official selection Ethiopian film festival, addis Abeba, 2010
Official selection Addis Ababa international film festival, Ethiopia, 2009
Official selection Belgrade international short and documentary film festival, Belgrado, Serbia
Official selection Trois continentes Film festival, Nantes, France, 2009
Cinema release in Addis Abeba, 2009
special screenings for students, teachers,...


broadcasted by ARTE (France, germany), TV3 (Spain), CIRTEF/TV5 MONDE (Conseil International des Radios-Télévisions d’Expression Française), TVI24 (Portugal)

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Paul Dujardin, the long march

Manu Riche
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a documentary film by Manu Riche

in co-production with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund

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a documentary film by Manu Riche in co-production with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Paul Dujardin, director general of the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels, and Luc Tuymans, one of painting’s titans, offer us a peek like no other into the fascinating and unknown world of the 'fine arts'. They show us that even the art world has become a global theme, and is playing an ever more influential role in the professional and political world on the national and international level.

Paul Dujardin is the general director of the Belgian Institute of Fine Arts (Bozar). Dejardin introduces he political and cultural stakes that lie beyond the art itself. Even the art world has given in to the politics of globalization.  Paul Dujardin plays the field in great style, using his astute and refined understanding of the use of art to influence cultural and political policy-making both at home and abroad. This takes Dujardin all the way to the Forbidden City, the secret of modern fine arts...

For more than a year Manu Riche followed Paul Dujardin’s every move, during the uphill struggle in developing a large-scale cooperation project between Belgium and China.

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WITH PAUL DUJARDIN
LUC TUYMANS, Ai WEIWEI


WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MANU RICHE

CAMERA DIDIER HILL-DERIVE, RENAAT LAMBEETS,
JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHER

SOUND ENGINEER DAN VAN BEVER, LUC CUVEELE
MARC ENGELS, BART MAES

EDITED BY MICHELE HUBINON
SOUND MIX YVES DE MEY

Director

MANU RICHE

Born in 1964


Filmography

For the magazine Strip Tease RTBF.

Conversations: 1989 – 13’ 16 mm. Two ladie in a Brussels café, the first takes the tram 26, the other the 81...

La pêche: 1990 – 13’in 16 mm. The story of a showroom and the car seller who dreams of fishing salmon in Scotland…

Les aventures de la famille De Becker: 1991 – 15’ in 16 mm. The story of a Brussels corridor wherein lives a ‘happy family’...

Etat fort civil: 1992 – 15’in 16 mm. The story of the civil servants in the city administration of Brussels.

Documentaries:

The Flemish cultural landscape in seven episodes: (RTBF) 1992 – 52’ in 16 mm. The landscape trough portraits of Flemisch artists Wim Vandekeybus, Frie Leysen, Paul Goosens, Paul Bottelberghs, Freddy…

Anvers93: (RTBF/FR3/WDR) 1993 – 40’ in 16 mm. A cultural city ?

De Misantroop: (KVS/VRT) 1994 – 52 ‘in Beta digi. A television essay

Brussels 25 Novembre: 1996 (VRT) – 52’ super 8/betacam. Thes tory of a faits divers.

The Black Star: (NPS/VRT/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) 1998 – 52’ super 16.  The story of a Nigerian football player in Belgium.

Welcome to my world: 2000 (VPRO/RTBF/Vlaams filmfonds) – 80’ in super 16.  The story of a king–coach of a small cycling team.

Baudouin I/ Boudewijn I: 2001 (FR3/RTBF) – 52’ in Beta Digi.
The story of King Baudouin as told by himself.

L’Homme qui n’était pas Maigret: 2002/3 (France2-TSR-RTBF) – 50’ in betadigi/16mm. The invention of the author G.Simenon.

The Politician: 2005 Canvas/ VAF ,52’ in HD: The rise and fall of the sociaist leader in Flanders.

The President: 2005 Canvas/VAF, 52’  in HD: A portrait of the president of footballclub Brussels.

The Salesman: 2006 Canvas/ VAF  in HD: A portrait of a big boss in Antwerp ports business.

Ghislain Libart, Bûcheron: 52’: in HD (VAF, VRTcanvas, Comm.française, Simple Production)

Paul Dujardin, the long march: 76’ en 56’ in HD (VAF, RTBF, ARTE Belgique, VRT canvas)

Portrait of a young man as an artist: (VAF/Riche/filmnatie) in co-direction with Renaat Lambeets (camera)
a portrait of Tom Barman, frontman of the popular band Deus.

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Looking for Dragone

Manu Bonmariage
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a film by Manu Bonmariage

in coproduction with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, Riche, Riche & Riche with support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund

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a film by Manu Bonmariage in coproduction with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, Riche, Riche & Riche with support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund

The story of Franco Dragone, who put his small Belgian town of La Louvière on the world map by becoming the world’s most famous big show art director…


LOOKING FOR DRAGONE is the in-depth portrait of the man behind the concept of nouveau cirque, the man who created
the look and feel of the Cirque du Soleil, and who wove together fantasy worlds that have captured the imaginations of audiences all around the world with Nouvelle Expérience (1990), Saltimbanco (1992), Alegria (1994), to name but a a few.
His reputation is unprecedented worldwide in the art of show business : Franco Dragone.

For over a year, the infamous Belgian documentary director
Manu Bonmariage followed every footstep, every movement, every mood swing of this formidable show director. From Las Vegas to Hong Kong, from Macao to …La Louvière, Franco Dragoneʼs Belgian hometown that now hosts the Dragone laboratory for his creations : Céline Dionʼs tour “A New Day”, Steve Wynnʼs “Le Rêve” staged in Las Vegas, “Othello, le passeur", a show dedicated to La Louvière and through which Dragone pays hommage to the region in which he settled in his childhood with his family of italian working class immigrants.
Manu Bonmariage follows the progression of the show “Othello, le passeur”, from the very first rehearsal to its first performance onstage, revealing Franco Dragoneʼs unique and impossible character, his sense of perfectionism and his hot-blooded temperament. This film is a wrestling match between two directors of exceptional talent and of unpredictable temperament

SELECTED FOR:
DOCVILLE. international Documentary Festival Leuven, belgium 2010,
FESTIVAL DES FILMS DU MONDE, Montreal, Canada, 2009

 

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WITH Franco Dragone

Edwige Baily Desdémone, Thierry Herman Roderigo

Dieudonné Kabongo Othello, Karine Kapinga Bianca

David Kazembe l'ombre, Sylvie Landuyt Emilia

François Sikivie Iago, Dominique Thomas Lodovico

Arieh Worthalter Cassio




WITTEN & DIRECTED BY MANU BONMARIAGE



ORIGINAL AD COMMINOTTO

EDITED BY GEOFFROY LE GRELLE

SOUND MIX YVES DEMEY

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MONTREAL GAZETTE - 30/08/2009

Documentary unmasks and demystifies visionary Cirque creator

By BILL BROWNSTEIN, The Gazette, August 30, 2009




Franco Dragone has altered the boundaries of theatre. The visionary
creator and director behind a dozen Cirque du Soleil productions -
Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegria, Quidam, O and La Nouba among them -
Dragone dreams in three dimensions.

Dragone brought an avant-garde element to Céline Dion's A New Day in
Vegas. He has had ballet dancers bring new meaning to underwater
erotica in La Rêve, a non-Cirque revue also staged in Vegas.

But there is another side to the man who has had contortionists
contorting body parts never contorted before in mega-glam, mega- budget
spectacles.

Dragone feels a huge debt of gratitude to the small Belgian
working-class town that welcomed his Italian immigrant family when he
was just a kid.

Dragone's base of operations is now La Louvière, Belgium, an area once
rich in steel and coal mines, but now experiencing hard times and high
unemployment. He also seeks to bring some world-class culture to the
place by staging a surreal take on Othello.

But while he wishes to eschew the glitz so indigenous to his Vegas/
Cirque du Soleil offerings, Dragone is no less a hard-driving
perfectionist in breathing life into Othello than he was in O.

Though most concur Dragone is one of the most creative souls in the
universe, consensus is that he is also one of the most complex.

Manu Bonmariage, a fellow Belgian and documentary director, had set out
to unmask and demystify the man in Looking for Dragone, which makes its
local debut Tuesday at the Montreal World Film Festival.

And he succeeds. What transpires is a fascinating, warts-and-all peek into the inner workings of the dynamo that is Dragone.

Bonmariage spent two months tailing Dragone, from Las Vegas to La
Louvière to Macao. The gloss of Las Vegas is much in evidence. But it's
the grit of La Louvière that stands out most.

Bonmariage is on hand from the get-go as Dragone mounts Othello, Le
Passeur in La Louvière. It's a challenge. Dragone has high expectations
from his charges. They rebel against his modernist, Vegas-like
approach. He is undaunted. Ever the taskmaster, he brings his actors to
tears in conveying his vision. This is the sort of behind-the-scenes
interplay that rarely surfaces. But Dragone and his cast are only too
willing to share their feelings with Bonmariage, who was also the doc's
cameraman. It all makes for most

compelling and instructive viewing. While Dragone may have strong
socialist leanings, he makes no bones about trying to inject a little
capitalism into economically depressed La Louvière. His mantra is:
Profits create investment and employment.

So while he wants to bring a little theatre to the town, he also plans
on making his Othello a financial success. Unlike most artistic
visionaries, Dragone believes culture and commerce can co-exist - quite
happily.

Dragone remains surprisingly unaffected by the excesses to which he has
been exposed in Vegas. He appears totally devoted to his wife and young
son, to whom he imparts this message: "Without love, there is no life."
It goes without saying that the same applies to no life without dreams
in the Dragone home.

Bonmariage has long been intrigued by Dragone. "He is such a unique
individual," he says, in Montreal for the doc's festival debut. "He is
a man of the people who never changed in spite of becoming one of the
biggest figures on the world stage. He had dreams and he followed
through on them. Yet he never turned his back on his community. His
concern for his fellow man far outweighs his desire for fame and
fortune." Bonmariage admits he's in awe when perusing Dragone's CV As
one of Dragone's friends, the

head of the Belgian Socialist party, mentions in the doc: "If I were to
read his resumé, we'd be here all night." But Bonmariage feels
Dragone's gift is in having brought a little culture to the masses as
well as the elite.

"There is no question that he is tough on his actors and collaborators,
but he has a vision of what he wants to create and he won't compromise
on that level," Bonmariage notes. "But that doesn't mean he's a tyrant.
He's simply a passionate man." As is rather evident in the doc, Dragone
gave Bonmariage carte blanche in shooting.

"I was very clear with him," Bonmariage says. "I told him my goal was
not to make a movie about a saint, but rather just to make a movie
about a man. Which is precisely what he wanted, too." Though Dragone
had no say in the film's final cut, Bonmariage screened it for him
first. So how did Dragone feel about the doc? "He told me that if he
didn't like it, he would simply say: 'Thank you and goodbye.' But that
if he did like it, we would eat fine Italian cuisine and drink
champagne all night long." Dragone must have given the flick two thumbs
up. The two ended up eating fine Italian food and knocking back the
champers all night long.



Looking for Dragone screens Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., Thursday at 11 a.m.
and Friday at 2:40 p.m. at the Quartier Latin, 350 Émery St.

Director

MANU BONMARIAGE

Born in Chevron, Belgium, on 29th march 1941
Graduate of Communications sciences (IHECS)
Cameraman - DOP for fiction and Tv-series.
Cameraman/director for the RTBF (Belgian national broadcast) since 1966
Professor ‘direct cinéma’ and documentary at IAD university (Louvain-La-Neuve) from 1969
to 2004.
Documentary film director (RTBF) and independent cinematographer with « Azimut
Production ». Workshop professor "Acteur face caméra" at the summer academy of Neufchâteau
Seminar leader « Réel et représentation » at the Michel de Montagne university of Bordeaux


FILMOGRAPHY



1979 | HAY PO L'DJOU avec les derniers mineurs de Wallonie
Grand Prix de la critique TV 1980
Prix Jeune Talent, Province de Liège
1980| C’ETAIT L’BON TEMPS  avec Steve Houben, Guy Cabay  et les autres

Dans la série UN HOMME, UNE VILLE  (RTBF Liège)
1980 | MEETING POINT avec Jean-Luc Godard
1980 | RUE DE L'AMOUR DES AMIS avec Hugo Pratt
1981 | PARIS POUR LE REVE avec J-M Folon, Michel Legrand et Yves Montand
1981 | PARRIGATO TOKYO avec Julos Beaucarne
1982 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK avec Michel Legrand

Pour le magazine À SUIVRE - C'EST A VOIR (RTBF Bruxelles)

1983 | AVOIR 20 ANS EN PRISON (coproduction CBA)
1983 | DOKTA MEDOKO (moyen métrage au Cameroun 55’)
1983 | APPELEZ-MOI MAITRE (court métrage)
1983 | LA VIE  CONTINUE    Sélection INPUT 1983
1984 | MOSAÏQUE (moyen métrage 52’)


Pour PLANETE DES HOMMES (avec Jean-Paul COLLEYN)

1985 | N'KPITI, LA RANCUNE
 Mention spéciale au Festival de Nyon 1986
1986 | TWI-WARA
1986 | FUNERAILLES MINYANKA
1986 | JOUR DE FETE
1986 | POSSESSION
1990 | BABYLONE   long métrage de fiction pour le cinéma


LONGS METRAGES  (coproduction)

1979 | HAY POL D'JOU    Grand Prix de la critique 1980
1980 | DU BEURRE DANS LES TARTINES (coproduction CBA)
Grand Prix du Festival de NYON 1981
Prix du meilleur FILM SOCIAL
Antenne de Cristal 1981
1983 | J'OSE (coproduction CBA)
Prix du meilleur FILM SOCIAL, Sélection INPUT
1984 | AVOIR 20 ANS EN PRISON
1984 | MALAISES (coproduction WIP)
Sesterce d'argent au festival de NYON 1985
1987 | ALLO POLICE (coproduction CBA)    
Mentions spéciales, jury international et jury œcuménique, NYON 1987
Mention spéciale du jury FILMER A TOUT PRIX  1987
Sélection TREMPLIN, Festival de BRUXELLES 1987
Sélection INPUT 1988
Sélection PRIX ITALIA 1988
Sélection 1ère BIENNALE EUROPEENNE de LYON 1988
Sélection LE DOCUMENTAIRE SE FETE (Montréal) 1988
1992 | LES AMANTS D'ASSISES (coproduction WIP)
Prix spécial du jury PRIX ITALIA 1992
Sélection INPUT 1992 (Baltimore)
Prix SACD pour la meilleure création audiovisuelle 1992
Antenne de Cristal 1992
Joseph Plateau Award : Best Television Film 1991-1992 (Gand)
Prix du Meilleur Documentaire aux 7es Rencontres Européennes de Télévision à REIMS
1993 | THE WILL OF GOD (coproduction CBA)
Festival VUE SUR LES DOCS 1993 (Marseille)
Festival DEI POPOLI 1993 (Florence)
Prix spécial du Jury "VUES D'AFRIQUE" 1994 (Montréal)
1994 | EN QUETE DE BANLIEUE (coproduction Canal +)
Nominé pour le FIPA d'or 1995 (Nice) et pour le PRIX ITALIA
1996 | HAMSA, LA RAGE AU VENTRE
Trois mentions spéciales : Festival VUES SUR LES DOCS 1998
1998 | LES LIONS INDOMPTABLES  (Cameroun Mondial 98)
1999 | AMOURS FOUS
Prix ITHEME 99 du Meilleur Documentaire
1999 | TOUT EN CAMION
2001 | BARIA ET LE GRAND MARIAGE
1er Prix du Jury Jeune Public au Festival VISION DU REEL de NYON 2001
Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire au Festival du FILM FRANCOPHONE de NAMUR
2002 | LA TROISIEME GUERRE  MONDIALE (Fourons 2001)
1er numéro pour le magazine « TOUT CA (ne nous rendra pas le Congo) » de la RTBF
2002 | DIVORCE A L’AMIABLE
Sélection INPUT 2003
2003 | LE MAJORDOME
2004 | LE CHOIX DE MINO
2004 | NO CHANCE
Grand prix URTI (Union Radio-Télé  Intern.) Monaco 2004 : Médaille de Bronze
2005 | CHEMIN FAISANT VERS COMPOSTELLE
2005 | STUKJE PARADIJS (Un p’tit coin de paradis)
2006 | Dans la série « Gens d’Europe » (Arte)
Bienvenue chez  « Père Jean » (Belgique)
Bienvenue chez Alex (Allemagne)
Pour le Docu-fiction « La honte de la République » Canal+ France
Tournage des séquences documentaires : « Vies carcérales »

Pour le magazine STRIP-TEASE

1986 | GUSTAVINE ET KHELIFA
1987 | PUTE ET PEINTRE            
1987 | PLES PETITS DES PETITS « DE »
1988 | RIEN NE VA PLUS
1988 | LE BARON
1988 | EMILE
1988 | LA VAISSELLE
1990 | DANCING PALACE    
1991 | LE DIABLE ET LE BON DIEU
1991 | JE T’AIME MOI NON PLUS
1991 | PAS SI FOU
1991 | URGENCES
1992 | PRISONS D’AMOUR
1992 | UNE BELLE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR
1992 | NOBLESSE OBLIGE
1992 | VALEURS SURES
1992 | FANTOME A VENDRE
1993 | NEZ  ROUGES ET GLOBULES BLANCS
1993 | LE PROCEDURIER
1993 | LES FILLES C’EST COMME LES MOBS
1993 | LE COQ ET LES POULETS
1994 | ACTES NOTARIES
1994 | VOYAGE AUX PORTES DE L’ENFER
1994 | UN PAS DE SENATEUR
1995 | PRINCESSE MINA
1995 | MEURTRE AUX CHAMPS   Documentaire de cinéma direct (52’)
1995 | DORES SUR TRANCHE
1995 | SANS LOGIS
1996 | TOUR DE FRANCE
1996 | NOTAIRE ET NOS MERES
1996 | REPAS DE FAMILLE
1996 | LA CIGALE
1996 | AIMEZ-VOUS LES UNS LES AUTRES
1997 | TEL QU’EN LUI-MEME ENFIN
1997 | FEMMES VOILEES
1997 | C’EST GRAVE, DOCTEUR ?
1997 | LE VEAU D’OR
1997 | CELA M’INTERPELLE
1998 | MERCI PATRON
1998 | AMOURS FOUS  Documentaire de cinéma direct (68’)
1999 | ALAIN AU SOLEIL
1999 | ALAIN A L’OMBRE
1999 | ARTIBANO NON E MAFIOSO
1999 | UN BON PROPRIETAIRE
2000 | EN ATTENDANT VAN DAMME
2000 | MARC ET RENE
2000 | LES FILLES DU NORD
2001 | TRIBUNAL DE POLICE
2001 | LE SERMENT D’HYPOCRITE

Awards / Festivals

selectioné pour le  FILM FESTIVAL DU MONDE, Monréal, Canada, 2009
selectioné pour DOCVILLE, Louvain, Belgique 2009

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La Royale Harmonie!

Manu Bonmariage
Intro

a film by Manu Bonmariage

in co-production with RTBF. Supported by le Centre du cinema de la communauté française de la Belgique, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

Mini-foto voor intro: 
Info

a film by Manu Bonmariage, in co-production with RTBF. Supported by le Centre du cinema de la communauté française de la Belgique, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

Is Belgium a sick country? Manu Bonmariage puts these questions to a host of political figureheads, in the aim of drawing out their personal comments on the Belgian political dead-end that has made headlines around the world for months.

Credits

WITH FRANS BADOT, JULES GHEUDE, MARC EYSKENS, ERIC DEFOORT, FRANÇOIS PERIN, ELIO DI RUPO, MICHEL DAERDEN, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN CAUWENBERGHE,...

WRITTEN, DIRECTED & FILMED BY MANU BONMARIAGE
ORIGINAL MUSIC AND ARRANGEMENTS MATTHIEU THONON
EDITED BY GEOFFROY LE GRELLE
SOUND MIX PETER VAN LAERHOVEN
COLOR GRADING FRANK TEMMERMAN

Director

MANU BONMARIAGE

Born in Chevron, Belgium, on 29th march 1941
Graduate of Communications sciences (IHECS)
Cameraman - DOP for fiction and Tv-series.
Cameraman/director for the RTBF (Belgian national broadcast) since 1966
Professor ‘direct cinéma’ and documentary at IAD university (Louvain-La-Neuve) from 1969
to 2004.
Documentary film director (RTBF) and independent cinematographer with « Azimut
Production ». Workshop professor "Acteur face caméra" at the summer academy of Neufchâteau
Seminar leader « Réel et représentation » at the Michel de Montagne university of Bordeaux


FILMOGRAPHY



1979 | HAY PO L'DJOU avec les derniers mineurs de Wallonie
Grand Prix de la critique TV 1980
Prix Jeune Talent, Province de Liège
1980| C’ETAIT L’BON TEMPS  avec Steve Houben, Guy Cabay  et les autres

Dans la série UN HOMME, UNE VILLE  (RTBF Liège)
1980 | MEETING POINT avec Jean-Luc Godard
1980 | RUE DE L'AMOUR DES AMIS avec Hugo Pratt
1981 | PARIS POUR LE REVE avec J-M Folon, Michel Legrand et Yves Montand
1981 | PARRIGATO TOKYO avec Julos Beaucarne
1982 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK avec Michel Legrand

Pour le magazine À SUIVRE - C'EST A VOIR (RTBF Bruxelles)

1983 | AVOIR 20 ANS EN PRISON (coproduction CBA)
1983 | DOKTA MEDOKO (moyen métrage au Cameroun 55’)
1983 | APPELEZ-MOI MAITRE (court métrage)
1983 | LA VIE  CONTINUE    Sélection INPUT 1983
1984 | MOSAÏQUE (moyen métrage 52’)


Pour PLANETE DES HOMMES (avec Jean-Paul COLLEYN)

1985 | N'KPITI, LA RANCUNE
 Mention spéciale au Festival de Nyon 1986
1986 | TWI-WARA
1986 | FUNERAILLES MINYANKA
1986 | JOUR DE FETE
1986 | POSSESSION
1990 | BABYLONE   long métrage de fiction pour le cinéma


LONGS METRAGES  (coproduction)

1979 | HAY POL D'JOU    Grand Prix de la critique 1980
1980 | DU BEURRE DANS LES TARTINES (coproduction CBA)
Grand Prix du Festival de NYON 1981
Prix du meilleur FILM SOCIAL
Antenne de Cristal 1981
1983 | J'OSE (coproduction CBA)
Prix du meilleur FILM SOCIAL, Sélection INPUT
1984 | AVOIR 20 ANS EN PRISON
1984 | MALAISES (coproduction WIP)
Sesterce d'argent au festival de NYON 1985
1987 | ALLO POLICE (coproduction CBA)    
Mentions spéciales, jury international et jury œcuménique, NYON 1987
Mention spéciale du jury FILMER A TOUT PRIX  1987
Sélection TREMPLIN, Festival de BRUXELLES 1987
Sélection INPUT 1988
Sélection PRIX ITALIA 1988
Sélection 1ère BIENNALE EUROPEENNE de LYON 1988
Sélection LE DOCUMENTAIRE SE FETE (Montréal) 1988
1992 | LES AMANTS D'ASSISES (coproduction WIP)
Prix spécial du jury PRIX ITALIA 1992
Sélection INPUT 1992 (Baltimore)
Prix SACD pour la meilleure création audiovisuelle 1992
Antenne de Cristal 1992
Joseph Plateau Award : Best Television Film 1991-1992 (Gand)
Prix du Meilleur Documentaire aux 7es Rencontres Européennes de Télévision à REIMS
1993 | THE WILL OF GOD (coproduction CBA)
Festival VUE SUR LES DOCS 1993 (Marseille)
Festival DEI POPOLI 1993 (Florence)
Prix spécial du Jury "VUES D'AFRIQUE" 1994 (Montréal)
1994 | EN QUETE DE BANLIEUE (coproduction Canal +)
Nominé pour le FIPA d'or 1995 (Nice) et pour le PRIX ITALIA
1996 | HAMSA, LA RAGE AU VENTRE
Trois mentions spéciales : Festival VUES SUR LES DOCS 1998
1998 | LES LIONS INDOMPTABLES  (Cameroun Mondial 98)
1999 | AMOURS FOUS
Prix ITHEME 99 du Meilleur Documentaire
1999 | TOUT EN CAMION
2001 | BARIA ET LE GRAND MARIAGE
1er Prix du Jury Jeune Public au Festival VISION DU REEL de NYON 2001
Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire au Festival du FILM FRANCOPHONE de NAMUR
2002 | LA TROISIEME GUERRE  MONDIALE (Fourons 2001)
1er numéro pour le magazine « TOUT CA (ne nous rendra pas le Congo) » de la RTBF
2002 | DIVORCE A L’AMIABLE
Sélection INPUT 2003
2003 | LE MAJORDOME
2004 | LE CHOIX DE MINO
2004 | NO CHANCE
Grand prix URTI (Union Radio-Télé  Intern.) Monaco 2004 : Médaille de Bronze
2005 | CHEMIN FAISANT VERS COMPOSTELLE
2005 | STUKJE PARADIJS (Un p’tit coin de paradis)
2006 | Dans la série « Gens d’Europe » (Arte)
Bienvenue chez  « Père Jean » (Belgique)
Bienvenue chez Alex (Allemagne)
Pour le Docu-fiction « La honte de la République » Canal+ France
Tournage des séquences documentaires : « Vies carcérales »

Pour le magazine STRIP-TEASE

1986 | GUSTAVINE ET KHELIFA
1987 | PUTE ET PEINTRE            
1987 | PLES PETITS DES PETITS « DE »
1988 | RIEN NE VA PLUS
1988 | LE BARON
1988 | EMILE
1988 | LA VAISSELLE
1990 | DANCING PALACE    
1991 | LE DIABLE ET LE BON DIEU
1991 | JE T’AIME MOI NON PLUS
1991 | PAS SI FOU
1991 | URGENCES
1992 | PRISONS D’AMOUR
1992 | UNE BELLE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR
1992 | NOBLESSE OBLIGE
1992 | VALEURS SURES
1992 | FANTOME A VENDRE
1993 | NEZ  ROUGES ET GLOBULES BLANCS
1993 | LE PROCEDURIER
1993 | LES FILLES C’EST COMME LES MOBS
1993 | LE COQ ET LES POULETS
1994 | ACTES NOTARIES
1994 | VOYAGE AUX PORTES DE L’ENFER
1994 | UN PAS DE SENATEUR
1995 | PRINCESSE MINA
1995 | MEURTRE AUX CHAMPS   Documentaire de cinéma direct (52’)
1995 | DORES SUR TRANCHE
1995 | SANS LOGIS
1996 | TOUR DE FRANCE
1996 | NOTAIRE ET NOS MERES
1996 | REPAS DE FAMILLE
1996 | LA CIGALE
1996 | AIMEZ-VOUS LES UNS LES AUTRES
1997 | TEL QU’EN LUI-MEME ENFIN
1997 | FEMMES VOILEES
1997 | C’EST GRAVE, DOCTEUR ?
1997 | LE VEAU D’OR
1997 | CELA M’INTERPELLE
1998 | MERCI PATRON
1998 | AMOURS FOUS  Documentaire de cinéma direct (68’)
1999 | ALAIN AU SOLEIL
1999 | ALAIN A L’OMBRE
1999 | ARTIBANO NON E MAFIOSO
1999 | UN BON PROPRIETAIRE
2000 | EN ATTENDANT VAN DAMME
2000 | MARC ET RENE
2000 | LES FILLES DU NORD
2001 | TRIBUNAL DE POLICE
2001 | LE SERMENT D’HYPOCRITE

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THE PROMISED LAND / LA TERRE PROMISE

Luckas Vander Taelen en Pascal Verbeken
Intro

a documentary film by Luckas Vander Taelen and Pascal Verbeken

in coproduction with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund, centre du cinéma de la communauté française de la Belgique.

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a documentary film by Luckas Vander Taelen and Pascal Verbeken, in coproduction with VRT-Canvas, RTBF, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund, centre du cinéma de la communauté française de la Belgique.

A historical road movie about the Flemish immigrants in the Walloon part of Belgium. Witnesses tell us the stories of the Flemish families that migrated from poverty-stricken parts of Flanders to the Walloon side during its industrial heyday.  Now, this region is one of the poorest in Western Europe, whereas Flanders is one of the richest.

Credits

WITH: Clarine Trossaert,Achille Goethals, Edgar Deroo, Albert Van Damme, Jean Claesen,de gebroeders Van Landschoot, Florent Leys, Jeanne Vervoort, Jozef Agneessens, Yves Quairiaux,
Alphonse Gobbens, Gaston Durnez, Warre Serrez, Jean-Pierre Gaillez, Evrard Mattheüs,
De gebroeders Cool, Gaston Onkelinx


WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
PASCAL VERBEKEN EN LUCKAS VANDER TAELEN

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ERWIN VAN DER STAPPEN
ORIGINAL MUSIC AD COMMINOTTO
EDITED BY JAN DE COSTER, PETER DANIELS
SOUND MIX FRANÇOIS FRIPIAT
ONLINE THE FRIDGE.TV
COLOR GRADING REINDER VANKEERBERGEN

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