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Jessica Woodworth, Peter Van Den Begin – The Barefoot Emperor #TFF37

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After King of the Belgians a strange sequel on what Europe means and what Europe needs.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Jessica Woodworth and Peter Van Den Begin, director and actor of the film The Barefoot Emperor.

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After the success of King of the Belgians, Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens felt the need to shoot a sequel that could follow up on the situation Europe is living today: The Barefoot Emperor, screening in the Afterhours section at the 37° Torino Film Festival. With protagonist Peter Van Den Begin playing the now “emperor”, the film changes the tones of the first chapter and tries to explore the idea of a leader. What does it mean to be a Leader? What kind of a leader does Europe at the moment? Jessica Woodworth and Peter Van Den Begin try to answer but leave room for a third film on the topic.

The Barefoot Emperor: Wounded at Sarajevo as he was trying to return home, Nicolas III, the king of Belgium, wakes up on a Croatian island, Tito’s former summer residence, in a sanatorium which is run by a strange doctor with suprematist tendencies. Outside, the European Union is imploding and some people are dreaming of the Empire. The sequel of King of the Belgians, in which the directors recount, with their hallmark surrealistic and satirical vein, the political climate in the Old World. The cast from the first movie has been joined by the always sulfurous Udo Kier.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Jessica Woodworth / Peter Van Den Begin
  • Interviewee role
    Director / Actor
  • Film title
    The Barefoot Emperor
  • Festival section
    Afterhours
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