King of the Belgians

  • Feature
  • 2016
  • 94 Minutes
  • Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria
  • Language: English and French and Dutch and Bulgarian

The King of the Belgians is on a state visit in Istanbul when his country falls apart. He must return home at once to save his kingdom. But a solar storm causes airspace and communications to shut down. No planes. No phones. With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world – and his true self.

Director: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Screenwriter: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Production Company: Bo Films



Venezia Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica

Hamburg FilmFest

Busan International Film Festival

International Antalya Film Festival

São Paulo Int Film Festival

Valladolid International Film Festival

Minsk International Film Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Black Nights International Film Festival

Zagreb Film Festival

Marrakech International Film Festival

Dubai International Film Festival

Festival du Cinéma européen des Arcs

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Tromso International Film Festival

Rotterdam International Film Festival, KNF-award

Goteborg International Film Festival

Annual European Union Film Festival in Chicago

Festival Itinérances d'Alès

Cinequest, Global Vision Award

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

DOP / Camera: Ton Peters Nsc

Editor: David Verdurme

Sound: Michel Schöpping

Producer: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Cast: Peter Van Den Begin, Lucie Debay , Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis , Pieter Van Der Houwen, Nina Nikolina


Jessica Woodworth

JESSICA WOODWORTH & PETER BROSENS both hail from documentary but are most widely acclaimed
for their three feature films that they wrote, directed and coproduced 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 (Venice Official Selection 2016) is their fourth fiction feature. Their independent production company Bo Films is based in Ghent, Belgium.
Khadak/ Altiplano/ The Fifth Season/ King of the Belgians


Peter Brosens

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