Generatie B

Pieter Van Hees


With Belgium in economic turmoil, youths are the first to be hit, forced to live in squatter areas and literally beg for jobs. The homeless Jonas devises surreal strategies to survive. This satirical comedy imagines a dystopia that feels very close to home.  

Some forty years ago, the punk movement emerged in England among disaffected youth suffering an economic crisis, unemployment and disillusionment. What if that also now affects millennials? Generation B imagines a dystopia where Belgium has lost Standard and Poor’s cherished A rating, downgraded to a shameful B. But baby-boomers desperately want to cling onto their remaining privileges, leaving the young literally begging for jobs and sleeping on the street. 
In Brussels, Jonas struggles to get his life together and his girlfriend back. He then meets strange characters who quietly prepare a revolution against their elders. Stand-up comedian Joost Vandecasteele mocks the generation gap, consumerism and apathetic millennials. His ragtag and proto-punk world is painfully plausible. Channelling his anger means not joining a rock band but a call-centre where others want to humiliate you — old-fashioned rebellion has morphed into a mix of neurotic resignation and comic action.

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Filmmaker
Pieter Van Hees
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Belgium
Year
2017
Medium
File
Length
90
Language
English, French, Dutch
Producer
Marijke Wouters, Saskia Verboven, Pieter Van Huyck, Kim Vandercruyssen
Production Company
De Mensen
Sales
De Mensen
Writer
Pieter Van Hees, Joost Vandecasteele
Cinematography
Brecht Goyvaerts
Editor
Koen Timmerman
Production Design
Johan Van Essche
Sound Design
Jan Deca
Music
Nico Renson
Cast
Jeroen Van der Ven, Ella-June Henrard, Efrat Galai, Eva Binon, Katelijne Damen, Jeroen Perceval, Mungu Cornelis
Website
http://www.demensen.be