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. A delegation from Vienna arrives headed by the distinguished Dr. Ilse von Stroheim, architect of a nationalist Nova Europa. She bears the thunderous news that the last King of the Belgians will become the first Emperor of Europe.
Peter Brosens (Leuven, Belgium, 1962) is a independent producer, director and writer. Between 1993 and 1999 he produced and co-directed his internationally acclaimed and awarded Mongolia Trilogy. In 2017 Peter received the prestigious Polar Star Award from the President of Mongolia for his contributions towards the Mongolian film industry.
City of the Steppes (coregia/codirector Odo Halflants, doc., 1994), The Death of James Lee Byars (cm, doc., 1995), State of Dogs (coregia/codirector Dorjkhandyn Turmunkh, doc., 1998), Poets of Mongolia (coregia/codirectors Peter Krüger, Byamba Sakhya, doc., 1999), The Eclipse of Sint-Gillis (coregia/codirector Peter Krüger, cm, doc., 2001).Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth: Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (La quinta stagione, 2012), King of The Belgians (Un re allo sbando, 2016), The Barefoot Emperor (2019).
Jessica Woodworth (Washington D.C., WA, USA, 1971) is a director and screenwriter. She received degrees in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University (1999). She worked on documentaries in Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing and Morocco.
Jessica Woodworth:Urga Song (doc., 1999), The Virgin Diaries (doc., 2002).Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth: Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (La quinta stagione, 2012), King of The Belgians (Un re allo sbando, 2016), The Barefoot Emperor (2019).
“The Barefoot Emperor is an unconventional sequel to King of the Belgians [...]. In the previous film our awkward King spiralled incognito through the Balkans on a journey of self-discovery. In light of recent developments in Europe, the King’s odyssey began to feel to us like unfinished business, thus The Barefoot Emperor was born.”
THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR
Belgio-Paesi Bassi-Croazia-Bulgaria/Belgium-The Netherlands-Croatia-Bulgaria, 2019, 98’, col.
the barefoot emperor
regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/directors, story, screenplay
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Peter Van den Begin (Nicolas III), Lucie Debay (Louise Vancraeyenest), Udo Kier (Dr. Otto Kroll), Geraldine Chaplin (Lady Liz), Bruno Georis, Titus De Voogdt, Darko Stazić, Dino Siniša Labrović
Bo Films, Topkapi Films, Propeler Film, Wajnbrosse Productions, Art Fest
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