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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Merditude des choses (De helaasheid der dingen)

Fortnight 2009, Feature film, 1h48


Gunther Strobbe, 13, share’s his grandmother’s roof with his father and three uncles. Daily, Gunther is steeped in ambiance of frenzied binges, shameless womanizing and unending bumming around… Gunther looks likely to suffer the same fate. Unless he can find a way to get the hell out of there.


Félix van Groeningen

Felix van Groeningen is 31 and in 2000 completed his directing studies at the Filmacademie of Ghent, where his one of his teachers, Dirk Impens, quickly noticed his unusual talent. Felix has made shorts, written and staged several plays and directed three features, all characterized by a highly personal style and a fascinating vision of men in different environments. He is considered a pioneer of the Belgian New Wave

Bert Haelvoet
Gilda De Bal
Johan Heldenbergh
Kenneth Vanbaeden
Koen De Graeve
Valentijn Dhaenens
Wouter Hendrickx

Felix van Groeningen, Christophe Dirickx, Adapté de : “De helaasheid der dingen” de Dimitri Verhulst

Ruben Impens

Jan Deca, Michel Shöpping

Nico Leunen

Jef Neve

Set decoration
Kurt Rigolle

Production :

Menuet bvba F. Lousbergskaai
105 9000 Gent Belgique
Tél : +32 (0)9 235 73 70
Fax : +32 (0)9 235 73 79

Co-Production : IDTV Film (Pays-Bas)

Ventes à l’étranger / Foreign sales :

MK2 55, rue Traversière
75012 Paris France
Tél : +33 (0)1 44 67 30 00
Fax : +33 (0)1 43 07 17 97

Distribution : MK2

Title in Original Version : La Merditude des choses