Feature film (1h 29min), written by Robin Pront & Jeroen Perceval, directed by Robin Pront. Original title: D’Ardennen
Dave lives in a poor suburb of Antwerp. He is trying to get his life back on track. But it is his elder brother Kenneth, who has just been released from prison, who gives him the most trouble. Dave decides to treat Kenneth to a trip to the Ardennes – the place where they experienced happiness of a sort when they were children, in the hope of making Kenneth realise that things cannot continue like this. Against all expectations, Kenneth goes along with the idea and takes Stef, his loud and nasty buddy, with him. Something that Dave was not really hoping for.
Dave discovers that his brother and his nasty buddy killed someone. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with it, but Kenneth reminds him that he never grassed him up during those three years Kenneth was in prison, even though Dave was also involved in the robbery that Kenneth had botched up. Dave, in shock, runs away and makes an attempt to turn them in, but at the moment there is no-one around at the Walloon police station except for a secretary, who is not very convinced of the truth of Dave’s hazy story…
Director: Robin Pront
Writer: Jeroen Perceval & Robin Pront
Cast: Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Kevin Janssens, Jan Bijvoet, Sam Louwyck, Peter Van den Begin, Viviane De Muynck, Rachid El Ghazaoui (Appa) a.o.
Producers: Bart van Langendonck, Peter Bouckaert, Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker
In co-production with: Savage Film (BE, delegate producer), Eyeworks (BE) and Bastide Films (NL)
Supported by: Creative Europe – Media programme of the E.U., the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund (NFF), Telenet-STAP, Medialaan/VTM, Belgian taxshelter for film financing.
Distributor Belgium: Kinepolis Film Distribution
Distributor Netherlands: Paradiso Filmed Entertainment
Selected for: Toronto International Film Festival Canada, Film Fest Gent Belgium (Opening Night), Chicago International Film Festival, Les Arcs Festival du Cinema Européen France, Mostra Internacional de Cinema / São Paulo IFF Brasil, Gijon International Film Festival, COURMAYEUR NOIR IN FESTIVAL Italy, RAMDAM festival Belgium, Göteborg Film Festival Sweden, Magritte du Cinéma Belgium, Festival International du Film Policier France, Festival de Beaune France, Puerto Rico’s 7th European Film Festival Puerto Rico, EU Film Days Japan, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival Switzerland, 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival Israel, Film Festival Oostende Belgium.
Winner of: Focus Knack Jo Röpcke Award 2015 @ Film Fest Ghent, Golden Award for +/- 100.000 admission in Belgium, Best Flemish Film @ Magritte du Cinéma Belgium 2016, 7 Ensors @ Filmfestival Oostende 2016 (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best D.O.P., Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction), Prix Sang Neuf @ Festival de Beaune France 2016, Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film @ Satellite Awards USA 2016.
The Ardennes was chosen to be the Belgian submission for the Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film 2016.