Daens
1992 - Stijn Coninx

Info

Director: Stijn Coninx
Producer: Dirk Impens
Writers: Stijn Coninx, François Chevalier
Category: Features

Title: Daens
Year: 1992
Premiere: 25 Feb 1992
Original language: Dutch, French
Supported by: Favourite Films, Investco & Kredietbank Luxemburg, Films Dérives, Titane, Shooting Star Filmcompany, Brtn Fictie – Kro Drama, Eurimages

Synopsis

Alost, 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 younger worker, leads a wildcat strike. She enlistst Father Adolph Daens' help. Daens has an article published on working conditions. It has an explosive 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 campaign to discredite the Priest : local complicity, Church hierarchy, and the 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.

Awards

1993: Cultural ambassador of Flanders (BE); Fonske (BE); Best Actress in a Leading Role - International Film Festival Tavira (PT); Special Prize of the Jury - La Mostra Internacional de Cine do Xacobeo Pontevedra (ES); Best Actor in a Leading role - International Film Festival of Shanghai (CN); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Director - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize for Best Film - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Joseph Plateau Prize of the Audience - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE)

1992: Prix Media Italia 1992 Special Mention of the OCIC Jury - La Biennale di Venezia (IT); Gulden Spoor Prize - Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (BE); Aigle d'or - Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Rueil (FR); Special Award for Best Cinematography - Chicago International Film Festival (US); Silver Spike Most Popular Film Prize - Valladolid International Film Festival (ES); Prix par le vote du public - Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (FR); KRO Film Prize (NL); Prix de la ville de Bruxelles - Prix Femina belge du cinéma (BE)

Credits

Director Stijn Coninx
Producer Dirk Impens
Writers Stijn Coninx , François Chevalier
Photography:Wather Vanden Ende
Music:Dirk Brossé
Editing:Ludo Troch, Ewin Ryckaert, Ann Van Aken
Screenplay:François Chevalier, Stijn Coninx
Flemish producer:Dirk Impens
Cast:Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje De Boeck, Wim Meeuwissen, Michaël Pas, Johan Leysen, Brenda Bertin, Jan Steen, Idwig Stéphane, Linda Van Dijck, Wim Meuwissen, Julien Schoenaerts, Jappe Claes, Karel Baetens
Sound:Henri Morelle
Art director:Allan Starski
, Hubert Pouille
Costume:Yan Tax

Make up:Winnie Gallis, Dick Naastepad

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