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BYE BYE BELGIUM
Director: Philippe Dutilleul
Nationality: Belgium (2006)
Duration: 80 minutes
VO in French with Spanish subtitles Directed by: Philippe Dutilleul
Production: Jean Libon, RTBF (Radio Télévision Belgique Française)
Screenplay: Philippe Dutilleul, Nathalie Jacobs
Image and sound: equipos de la RTBF
Edited by: Bruni, David Delfontaine, Isabelle Husson
Codirector: Bernard Sauvenier
On December 13, 2006, the presenter of the RTBF’s Televised News announces the end of Belgium.
The King decides to leave, the Flemish parliament declares its independence, and the irremediable community conflict gets the better of the country.
Throughout the evening a series of political positions and events unfold as a consequence of the Flemish secession.
Dumbfounded, home viewers witness the partition of the nation.
Will the Flemish and Walloons be any better as neighbors than they are as cohabitants?
What will become of Brussels, the Belgian capital and the main seat of the European Union’s institutions?
And how are the nationally owned railway, the social security department, the national debt and the countries riches to be split up?
This first hour of the end of the Kingdom of Belgium is a fictional documentary that envisions a breakup scenario as improbable for some as it is desirable for others...
Journalists, politicians and economic heads play themselves on screen.
Altogether, they seem larger than life.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
> Selected en el Input 2007
> Moustique d’Or best broadcasting in 2007
> Écran d’Argent in the docudrama category at the 1st European Festival of 4 Écrans in Paris.