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A Feature film by Stijn Coninx

Release in France : 23/02/1994

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Production and distribution (4)

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Film exports/foreign sales :

Seawell Films

Foreign production companies :

Shooting star film company, Favourite Films, Dérives

French distribution :

Wild Bunch Distribution

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Aalst (Belgium) in 1893. In the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions. There is a rising number of fatal accidents. Nette, a young worker, leads a wildcat strike.
She enlists Father Adolf Daens' help. Daens has published an article on working conditions, it has an axplosive effect. With repercussions all the way to Parliament. A Committee of Inquiry is set up despite the opposition of Charles Woeste, President of the Conservative Catholic Party.
Woeste organizes a compaign to discredit the priest (local complicity, church hierarchy and a diplomatic offensive led by King Leopold II himself), resulting in Pope Leo XIII's repudiation of Father Daens.
After a final onslaught by Charles Woeste, Father Daens is obliged to choose between the priesthood and his political activities. Nette, who had always been at his side, persuades him not to give up but to continue the struggle...

Full credits (9)

Author of original work :

Louis Paul Boon

Co-producer :

Jean-Luc Ormières

Sound Recordist :

Henri Morelle

Editor :

Ludo Troch

Costume designer :

Yan Tax

Screenwriters :

François Chevallier, Stijn Coninx

Director of Photography :

Walther Vanden Ende

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Music Composer :

Dirk Brosse

Technical details

Feature film

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Production language :

Flemish, German, French

Coproducer countries :

Belgium, Netherlands

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Nationality :

Minority French (Belgium, Netherlands)

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Runtime :

2 h 14 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR


Festival Selections

Academy Awards - 1993

Academy Awards (United States, 1993)


Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film