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Simple Production — Movies, Once I was Belgian


Once I was Belgian

53' / 1999

Luc de Heusch

Everything started in the summer of 1830, with the opening night of an opera which fanned the flames of revolution and the enthusiasm of the Flemish and the Walloons to fight against the authority of the king of Holland. Everything ended, a hundred and fifty years later, by the construction of a great invisible wall between the North and the South of the country and by the divorce of two communities, leaving the nation then torn apart and vulnerable. Between this period, a long series of conflicts and altercations crystallized the differences between the two linguistic identities... From a personal point of view and through his childhood memories, Luc de Heusch comments on the chaotic history of Belgium, from its origins to the present day.

Will Belgium be dissolved into a federal Europe where similar situations are already apparent? Does Belgium still exist? Is the answer a bitter acknowledgment to failure?


  • Time : 53’
  • Director : Luc de Heusch
  • Original Language : French
  • Photography : Stephane Adam, Claude Geens
  • Sound : Jean-Claude Boulanger, Alexandre Vanderperren
  • Editing : Emmanuelle Thibaut
  • Music : Denis Pousseur
  • Mixing : Laurent Thomas, Brigitte Vayron
  • Voice : Jean-Daniel Nicodème (French)

Production and Partners

  • Production : Simple Production 
  • Coproduction Team : la Sept ARTE, RTBF, INA, Belgavox & Fonds Henri Storck 
  • Partners : AVRO and the support of the Media programme for developmentof the European Community.

TV Broadcast

  • Canal 7, ARTE, RTBF, AVRO


  • French version with French subtitles
  • English version


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