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Directed by: Felix van Groeningen 2013 | 111 min.

Section: EuroCinema Hawaii

Premiere: Hawaii

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Sponsored by:

Diane von Furstenberg

EuroCinema Hawai'i

Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, lives in a caravan in the Belgian countryside and idolizes America as the ‘land of the free’. Elise owns her own tattoo parlor. Her body is plastered with images – little mementos of past lovers whose names have been carefully covered up by new tattoos. Before long their two lives are closely intertwined.

Elise sings in Didier’s band and they soon have a daughter together, little Maybelle, with whom they move into a lovingly if unconventionally restored country house. The film accompanies Elise and Didier on their rollercoaster ride through life; through days filled with their love of music and their mutual passion. Based on the stage play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, director Felix van Groeningen portrays various episodes in Elise and Didier’s story. The film’s barn-stomping blue grass concert footage and enthralling love story are delightfully reminiscent of the grand old days of American country music.

Synopsis written by: Berlinale


Saturday, October 12 7:30 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Monday, October 14 9:00 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Thursday, October 17 2:45 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Felix van Groeningen
Screenwriter Felix van Groeningen, Carl Joos
Producer Dirk Impens
Co-Producer Topkapi Films
Cast Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Nell Cattrysse, Geert van Rampelberg, Nils de Caster, Robby Cleiren, Bert Huysentruyt, Jan Bijvoet, Blanka Heirman
Cinematographer Ruben Impens
Production Designer Kurt Rigolle
Editor Nico Leunen
Associate Producer Johan Van den Driessche
Costume Designer Ann Lauwerys
Music Director Bjorn Eriksson
Sound Jan Deca, Michel Schöpping

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