Roland Verhavert

Meeuwen sterven in de haven (1955)

An inexperienced triumvirate – film critic Roland Verhavert (1927-2014), film amateur Rik Kuypers (1925) and writer Ivo Michiels (1923-2012) surprised friend and foe of Flemish cinema in 1955 with their Seagulls Die In The Harbour. The Antwerp harbour is the background for a film about existential loneliness. After the heyday of the folk films of Jan Vanderheyden en Edith Kiel, Seagulls marks the birth of a mat
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De Loteling (1974)

The Conscript is a 1974 Flemish ‘Heimat’-drama from Roland Verhavert (1927-2014). The film stars Jan Decleir and Ansje Beentjes and is an adaptation of Hendrik Conscience’s (1812-1893) classic book of the same title (1850). The book was already adapted for the Belgian screen in 1919. This film by Armand du Plessy is considered lost.
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Boerenpsalm (1989)

Roland Verhavert’s De loteling (The conscript, 1974), Pallieter (1976) and Boerenpsalm (A Countryman’s Psalm, 1989) are quintessential examples of the Flemish heritage cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. Both adaptations of literary classics by Felix Timmermans (1886-1947) are firmly set in catholic, rural Flanders. Other examples of this genre are De Vlaschaard (Flaxfield, Jan Gruyaert, 1983) and De familie V
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