THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR

Belgium/Netherlands/Croatia/Bulgaria, 2019, 98 min.

Nicolas III, King of the Belgians, suffers a gunshot wound to the ear during an unfortunate incident in Sarajevo. He wakes up in a sanatorium on a Croatian island that once was Tito’s renowned summer residence. The King’s entourage tries in vain to protect him from the news that the recent implosion of their kingdom has sparked the collapse of the European Union.

 

Festivals & awards: Toronto ’19, Warsaw, Kairo, Tallinn, Palm Springs, Rotterdam ’20

 

Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens wrote, directed and produced together five feature films, screened at hundreds of festivals and winning 57 awards. She is a Belgian-American director/writer; holds degrees in Literature from Princeton and in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University. He is an independent Belgian producer/director/writer, jury member of various IFFs.

Script: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Director: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Cinematography: Ton Peters NSC

Cast: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Bruno Georis, Titus De Voogdt

Production: Bo Films – Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Co-production: Topkapi Films, Propeler Film, Wajnbrosse, Art Fest – Stefan Kitanov

Supported by: Bulgarian National Film Center, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image & CONNeXT, Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter,  Lumière Invest, Eurimages, Netherlands Film Fund (NFF), Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (CCA), Croation Audiovisual Center (HAVC), Filmin.g in Croatia, BеTV & VOO, Telenet, Be For Films, Canvas, Lumière, Zagreb Film Festival

Contact: +35929166029, press@siff.bg, thebarefootemperor.com