LOCKDOWN

In his own natural habitat, the infamous Brussels’ neighbourhood Molenbeek that appeared in the international news several times after terrorist attacks in Europe, director Koen Van Sande tells a story about paranoia and misunderstandings.
His short film ‘LOCKDOWN’ (2017) is situated in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Brussels’ International Airport of March 2016, putting the multi-cultural neighbourhood of Molenbeek under even more pressure and racial prejudice..
When main character Louis picks up his son from a play date at their Moroccan neighbours’ house, the street is put under lockdown and he is forced to stay put. But who are they looking for? And why is everyone behaving with such secrecy?
Like a hunted deer Louis is looking for a way out of a world he doesn’t know.

  • Koen Van Sande
    Director
    Research, Cracks
  • Koen Van Sande
    Writer
    Research, Cracks, De Vijfhoek (series)
  • David Vermander
    Producer
    Research, Cracks
  • Lubna Azabal
    Key Cast
    Incendies
  • Hichem Yacoubi
    Key Cast
    Le Prophete, Munich
  • Tibo Vandenborre
    Key Cast
    Bullhead
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Belgium
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium
  • Language:
    Arabic, Dutch, English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    anamorphic Arri Mini
  • Aspect Ratio:
    anamorphic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • ECU
    Paris
    France
    May 2, 2018
    world
  • Braunschweig
    Braunschweig
    Germany
    German
  • Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Mexico
    Mexican
  • Evolution Mallorca
    Mallorca
    Spain
    Spanish
  • JellyFest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    North American
  • Paris Lift Off
    Paris
    France
    France
Distribution Information
  • Origin Films - Paris (Olivier Berlemont)
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Koen Van Sande

Bio of Koen Van Sande
After successfully finishing his studies as a film director at the R.I.T.S. in Brussels in 1998 with the award winning short WES, Koen Van Sande focussed on a postgraduate in screenwriting. When returning from a writing workshop in Columbia University, New York, he started working as a freelance director for Belgian tv.

He created top rated reality shows and became a showrunner. In 2005 Kanakna engaged him to direct and write fiction series such as ‘16+’ and ‘De Vijfhoek’. He went on as the executive producer of the crime series ‘Zone Stad’ for Studio A. From 2013 he concentrates on fiction only resulting in 2 shorts produced in 2014 RESEARCH (Raindance, Chelsea, In The Palace,…) and in 2015 CRACKS (Montreal, Tampere, FEST- new directors….)

He also got funded in 2016 to write, produce and direct a big budget fiction series (10 EP) for VTM, the biggest commercial tv-station in Belgium. The series will be filmed in the summer of 2018.

His latest short LOCKDOWN (2018) got funded by VAF and will hit the festivals soon. The shorts are a preparation for his first feature film. The treatment will be pitched in 2018 to find funding.

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