The Misfortunates 

The Misfortunates


13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he’s being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

 

Awards

Festival de Cannes 2009: Prix Art et Essai (Quinzaine de Realisateurs)

C.I.A.E Award-special mention 2009

Hamptons International film festival New York 2009 : Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best script

Festival du Grolandais 2009 – L’amphore D’or – Best film

European Film festival Cinegrave 2009 : Best Film, Best Male Actor, Audience Award

Directed by 

Felix van Groeningen


Written by 

Christophe Dirickx, Felix van Groeningen


Original Title 

De Helaasheid der Dingen


  • Based on 
  • the novel of Dimitri Verhulst
  • Year 
  • 2009
  • Length 
  • 90'
  • Language 
  • Flemish
  • World Sales 
  • MK2
  • Distributor 
  • Wild Bunch Benelux
  • Cast 
  • Koen De Graeve, Johan Heldenbergh, Wouter Hendrickx, Bert Haelvoet, Valentijn Dhaenens, Kenneth Vanbaeden, Gilda De Bal
  • Producer(s) 
  • Menuet (Belgium)
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • Topkapi Films
  • Director of Photography 
  • Ruben Impens
  • Editor 
  • Nico Leunen
  • Sound design 
  • Michel Sch
  • Art Direction 
  • Kurt Rigolle
  • Film Music 
  • Jef Neve

    Credits are not contractual

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