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King Of The Belgians

King Nicolas II of the Belgians is on a state visit to Istanbul when his country falls apart. With a solar storm shutting down air travel...

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King Of The Belgians

KING OF THE BELGIANS (ROYAL ROAD MOVIE) Comedy, Drama

King Nicolas II of the Belgians is on a state visit to Istanbul when his country falls apart. With a solar storm shutting down air travel and communications, he must travel by road across the Balkans to save his country.

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  • Jessica Woodworth
    Peter Brosens
  • Peter Van Den Begin
    Lucie Debay
    Titus De Voogdt
    Bruno Georis
    Pieter Van Der Houwen
    Nina Nikolina
  • Belgium
    Netherlands
    Bulgaria
  • English
    French
    Flemish
    Bulgarian
  • 94 mins
  • 2016

Accolades

Venice Film Festival, 2016

Best Film Nominee

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2016

Best Film Nominee, Golden Orange

European Film Awards, 2017

European Comedy Nominee

Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2017

KNF Award

Magritte Awards, 2018

Best Actor

Critics

Variety

"...'King of the Belgians' is a delightful, surprisingly respectful ribbing of the incongruity of monarchy, Belgium, and the Balkans."

The Hollywood Reporter

"...Flemish actor Van den Begin is an inspired choice to play Nicolas III..."

Screen Daily

"This feather-light pseudo-mockumentary road movie was evidently inspired by the Icelandic volcano eruption which blocked all air traffic over Europe in the spring of 2010."

Director's Statement

"An Icelandic volcano erupted and an idea was born"

"Let’s drop a Belgian King in Istanbul, stir up a natural disaster, spark a political crisis and then launch him on a homeward overland journey, incognito, that features trip-ups, show-downs and moments of grace. Displacement as the essence of comedy...'King Of The Belgians' is road movie about a wayward monarch profoundly lost in the Balkans."