Lena

  • 119'
  • Netherlands
  • 2011
The second feature by the Belgian director Christophe Van Rompaey is a Dutch-language production, situated in Rotterdam. The working-class Ghent dialect of Moscow, Belgium (2008) has been exchanged for a pronounced Dutch Metropolitan accent. And the feel-good humour with a dash of tragedy has made way for a serious dramatic tone with a comic note.
This is a powerful debut by the actress Emma Levie who plays Lena, a 17-year-old girl wrestling with her chubby body and a Polish mother who keeps belittling her. Her only pleasures are line dancing and casual sex - until she meets the popular Daan, who seems genuinely interested in her. Lena is all too eager to move in with him, but isn’t Daan hiding something from her? And what about his father, who lives as a hermit?
The camera does not lose sight of Lena for a moment in this tender coming-of-age story. Van Rompaey gets right inside the world of the insecure adolescent who is learning to defend herself and discovering what self-respect is.


Director
Christophe Van Rompaey
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
119'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Dutch, Polish
Producer
Els Vandevorst
Production Company
Isabella Films
Sales
Isabella Films
Screenplay
Mieke de Jong
Cinematography
Menno Westendorp
Editor
Nico Leunen
Production Design
Wilbert van Dorp
Sound Design
Raf Enckels
Music
The Ballroomquartet
Cast
Emma Levie, Jeroen Willems, Niels Gomperts, Lisa Smit, Rifka Lodeizen
Local Distributor
Benelux Film Distributors
Website
http://isabellafilms.com/