Release Date : 27 July 2011 (Belgium)
Genre : Drama
Directors: Johan Heldenbergh, Kenneth Taylor
Writer: Johan Heldenbergh
Stars: Jan Baeyens, Thomas Bauwens and Zaza Bauwens
Schellebelle 1919 REVIEW
What started as a crazy wager between friends, ended up as a full movie, created and acted by the whole population of the friendly Flemish village of Schellebelle. The renowned actor Heldenbergh (who lives in that village) wrote the scenario and directed, together with the mayor K. Taylor, who happens to be a professional director.
The movie tells the story of the farming family Van de Velde, in the aftermath of the First World War. The farmer and his son, who have fought in the trenches of the Yser, are still missing in 1919, and the mother has died, so the eldest daughter Coralie runs the farm now on her own. She has welcomed 25 orphans during the war, but the Child Welfare Commission wants to put them in an orphanage. And some local notables with a sneaky plan want to take possession of the farm. But Coralie and the orphans fight back…
I found the movie entertaining and sometimes even moving: quite an achievement of all those nonprofessional actors (the rare professionals play some minor roles).
Schellebelle 1919 Movie Trailer