The Barefoot Emperor

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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Women Directors
Social Justice
Comedy Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:99 min
The Netherlands
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Be For Films
Director:Jessica Woodworth
Peter Brosens
Producer:Peter Brosens
Jessica Woodworth
Frans Van Gestel
Arnold Heslenfled
Laurette Schillings
Boris T. Matic
Lana Matic
Stevan Kitanov
Mira Staleva
Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Cinematographer:Ton Peters
Screenwriter:Jessica Woodworth
Peter Brosens
Editor:David Verdume
Principal Cast:Peter Van Den Begin
Lucie Debay
Udo Kier
Geraldine Chaplin
Bruno Georis
Titus De Voogdt
Filmography:Khadak (2006)
Altiplano (2009)
The Fifth Season (2012)
King of the Belgians (2016)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Special Video Introduction by Co-Director Jessica Woodworth.

A sequel to the enormously popular mockumentary King of the Belgians (which closed the 2016 MSPIFF) sees the hilariously misfortunate Belgian King Nicolas III suddenly crowned Emperor of Europe.

Wounded after being caught up in a strange re-enactment of the assination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, our well-meaning Belgian King retreats to a sanitarium on the Croatian isle of Brijuni run by a mad doctor (who could only be played by Udo Kier). But the fake assassination has sparked a similar shift in power to the original, ending the European Union as we know it. Our man is suddenly in the running to become Emperor of all Europe! Skewering Brexit, nationalism, and the EU, The Barefoot Emperor is directors Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens’ sharpest comedy yet.

Director Biography

Jessica Woodworth Peter Brosens

Born in 1971 in America, Jessica Woodworth was raised in Europe. With Peter Brosens she collaborated on Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (2012), and King of the Belgians (2016).

Born in 1962, Peter Brosens was born in Leuven, Belgium. He is the director of the acclaimed "Mongolia Trilogy" consisting of City of the Steppes (1993), State of Dogs (1998) and Poets of Mongolia (1999). With Jessica Woodworth he collaborated on Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (2012) and King of the Belgians (2016).