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9999

DIR: Ellen Vermeulen
2014 / Belgium / 71 min

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Wilfried refers to himself as ‘king one-eye in the land of the blind’. This land lays in Merksplas’ prison in Belgium and the blind are the internees who reside in the prison without treatment. Mentally ill criminals in Belgium are not held responsible for their actions but become separated from society. There criminal acts range from murder to stabbing fire of a bike. Due to the lack of places in psychiatric hospitals they end up in prison without any possibility for therapy nor end date. Their files mention as date of release: 31/12/9999.

9999 intertwines five different stories of these ‘blind.’ These men are waiting; for comfort, for hope, for freedom, for change. The time between their prison bars is altogether different from the time outside the prison walls. Time is annihilated. The only thing that remains is an eternal confrontation; a confrontation with their deeds and with their illness. There is nothing else. In this film we disappear, together with the characters in need of treatment, behind the inexorable closed doors. We wait side by side.

About

Director Ellen Vermeulen
Screenplay Ellen Vermeulen
Dir. of Photography Jonathan Wannyn
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Music
Sound Dieter Diependaele, Ellen Vermeulen
Duration 71 min
Year 2014
Country Belgium
Colour Colour
Tags disabilities, observational, prison, social issues
Production Associate Directors
Associate Directors
Address:  Helmstraat 139A
City:  2140 Antwerpen
Country:  Belgium
Web:  www.adirector.eu/
Phone:  (+32) 3 236 66 63

Distribution
Festivals

Open City Documentary Film ...

Open City Documentary Film Festival – London (2015)


Docpoint – Helsinki (2015)


One World – Prague (2015)


Movies That Matter – The Hague (Camera Justitia competition) (2015)


Flemish film week – Strasbourg (2015)


Festival du film policier – Liège (2015)


Addis Ababa FF (2015)


Fokus Labe – Czech Republic (2015)


Nederlands Film Festival – Utrecht (2015)


Document International Human Rights Documentary FF – Glasgow (2015)


Visions du Réel (WP) (2014)


MOOOV (BP) (2014)


Docville (Belgian competition) (2014)


Pärnu IDFF (2014)


FF Ostend (documentary competition) (2014)


Kasseler Dok Fest (Golden Key competition) (2014)


This Human World – Vienna (2014)


Porto/Post/Doc (2014)

Awards

Special Jury Mention at ...

Special Jury Mention at Visions du Réel / Regard Neuf


Nominated for Ensor ‘best documentary’ at FFO


Nominated for Human Rights Unltd. / Fried Van Hoof Award



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