Le Ciel Flamand

  • 112'
  • Belgium
  • 2016

Every day at lunchtime, Monique emerges from the brothel she runs with her mother on the border between West Flanders and France so she can have a sandwich with her daughter, Sylvie. Sylvie is young and Monique doesn’t want the child to see what goes on inside. After lunch Sylvie is picked up by Uncle Dirk, who everyone thinks is just a friendly bus driver, but in fact he's Sylvie’s father. One day something terrible happens, drastically changing the lives of Dirk and the three generations of women. The façade Monique maintained so meticulously collapses under the weight of mutual distrust and sorrow. Yet the members of this unusual family turn out to be more flexible than they thought.
In his second full-length film after Offline, Peter Monsaert again reveals his fascination with dysfunctional families in a Flanders most people never get to see.

Director
Peter Monsaert
Country of production
Belgium
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
112'
Medium
DCP
International title
Flemish Heaven
Languages
Dutch, French
Producers
Annemie Degryse, Jan De Clercq, Alexander Vandeputte
Production Company
Lunanime bvba
Sales
Urban Distribution International
Screenplay
Peter Monsaert
Cinematography
David Williamson
Editor
Alain Dessauvage
Production Design
Philippe Bertin
Sound Design
Matthias Hillegeer
Music
Frederik van de Moortel, Bert Dockx
Cast
Sara Vertongen, Wim Willaert, Esra Vandenbussche
Local Distributor
Cinemien