The Barefoot Emperor

Director/Writer: Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens. Produced by: Bo Films (BE), co-produced by Topkapi Films (NL), Art Fest (BG) and Propeler Film (HR).

Funding Netherlands Film Fund: Minority co-productions with VAF.

On his way home from a state visit to Istanbul, the king of the Belgians suffers a gunshot wound to the ear during an unfortunate incident in Sarajevo. A few days later, he wakes up in a sanatorium on a Croatian island, once Tito's renowned summer residence. His entourage tries in vain to protect him from the news that the recent implosion of their kingdom sparked the collapse of the European Union. The fragile King wants to return home at once to save his broken kingdom. But instead, he is condemned to a strict regime of rest and rehabilitation by the authoritarian sanatorium director, Dr. Otto Kroll.