An angel in Doel - Tom Fassaert

Original Dutch film title:
Tom Fassaert
52 minutes (television version) & 76 minutes (theatre version)

The village of Doel must make way for the expansion of the Antwerp docks and inhabitant Emilienne does not want to leave.

As the village of Doel dies a slow death under pressure from the advancing Antwerp docks, the elderly Emilienne and the sick village pastor Verstraete try to keep Doel alive. Until they are also forced to let go.
Eventually AN ANGEL IN DOEL is about man’s struggle against the inevitable: his own mortality.

Sandwiched between the Antwerp container terminal and a nuclear power plant lies the village of Doel. A village that has been in the way of the megalomaniac expansionary urges of Antwerp for decades, and now finally has to disappear. While Doel is slowly dying, the elderly Emilienne attempts to keep up a pretence of normality. At her kitchen table village life seems to continue like nothing has changed. But when her close friends leave, the village priest dies and demolition begins, the downfall seems inevitable. Everything suggests that that Emilienne will have to let her village go.
Eventually AN ANGEL IN DOEL is about man’s struggle against the inevitable: his own mortality.


script & direction: Tom Fassaert
camera: Daniël Bouquet n.s.c. en Diderik Evers, Reinout Steenhuizen
sound: Victor Horstink, Maarten de Rooij, Gijs Stollman, Jaap Hermans
editing: Tom Fassaert, Thabi Mooi, Axel Skovdal Roelofs
sound design: Victor Horstink
re-recording mix: Jan Willem van den Brink
image post-production: Studio l’Equipe, Filmmore
music: Tobias Borkert
producer: Digna Sinke

this film is a co-production of SNG Film with CinéTé / Willem Thijssen

this film is financially supported by:
Netherlands Film Fund
Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds
Dutch Cultural Media Fund
Omroep Zeeland

Berlinale 2011: FORUM; Honorary mention
doclisboa 2011: International Competition Universities award
NL-Awards 2011, Lunteren 2012: NL-Award voor Documentaire
Ânûû-rû âboro documentary film festival, Nieuw Caledonië 2012: Grand Prix