The Barefoot Emperor

  • Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
  • Belgium, The Netherlands, Croatia, Bulgaria
  • 2019
  • 98'

Out of Competition

Following the success of the comedy, King of the Belgians (ZFF 2016), directing duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens bring us a new instalment of the title hero’s (mis)adventures, this time in a film in Croatian co-production. After suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during an incident in Sarajevo, the Belgian king wakes up on Brijuni, once Tito’s famous summer residence. As he tries to escape the island, an emissary arrives informing him that he has been crowned the first emperor of nationalist New Europa. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was shot entirely in Croatia.

Subtitles: HR, EN




Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

Directors and producers. Together they run an independent production company in Belgium, Bo Films. Co-directed award-winning films Khadak (Venice 2006 – Lion of the Future, ZFF 2015), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (2012) and King of the Belgians (ZFF 2016). The Barefoot Emperor premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

The Barefoot Emperor

Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Peter Van Den Begin, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis, Lucie Debay, Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Siniša Labrović, Darko Stazić, Alen Sinkauz, Hassan Abdelghani
Ton Peters
David Verdurme
Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens, Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings, Lana Matić, Boris T. Matić, Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Mira Staleva, Stefan Kitanov
Bo Films, Topkapi Films, Propeler Film, Wajnbrosse Productions, Art Fest
Festivals & Awards
Int'l Film Festival Toronto 2019; Film Fest Gent 2019; Warsaw Film Festival 2019

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