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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

King of the Belgians

2016, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria, 94 min. With Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 4th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 8th 6:00pm

“Enormously appealing…blending gently satirical humor with deeper underpinnings.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

“With a lightness of touch and occasional flashes of real insight…makes for an entertaining watch.” — John Bleasdale, CineVue

A dry sense of humor infuses this mirthfully wacky mockumentary that leaves the king of Belgium and his stuffy entourage and their official filmmaker stranded abroad when the French-speaking half of his small nation declares independence. Filmmakers Brosens and Woodworth (THE FIFTH SEASON) take good-natured jabs at some prominent targets, satirizing EU politics, protocol, and the lingering tradition of the monarchy. The king and company are forced to get down with the locals as they launch a hurried road-trip across Eastern Europe disguised initially as female Bulgarian folk singers, and hindered by lost passports, Turkish security agents, and his majesty’s sudden desire to serve on the jury of a small-town yogurt festival. In English, Flemish, French, and Bulgarian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Be For Films. DCP digital. (BS)

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