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by Caroline Strubbe


Bettina and Marcus, a passionate couple, live in a canteen in the middle of a vast field with endless lines of pylons. Marcus, trying to set up his own business, works as a foreman in the maintenance of these power-lines. Bettina, bored and longing for a better life, runs the canteen for the workingmen. Their nine-years-old daughter Tessa, wanders the industrial area, looking for bits and pieces to occupy her mind, skipping school whenever she can. When Marcus hires a Hungarian engineer Szabolcs to become part of his company, their unconventional way of living takes a new turn. A tragic accident although will shatter everyone’s pursuit of happiness.

international title: Lost Persons Area
original title: Lost Persons Area
country: Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary
sales agent: UDI - Urban Distribution International
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Caroline Strubbe
release date: BE 09/09/2009, FR 25/08/2010
screenplay: Caroline Strubbe
cast: Lisbeth Gruwez, Sam Louwyck, Kimke Desart, Zoltán Miklós Hajdu, Rik Van Uffelen, Frans De Jong, Ine Pieters, Vincenzo Cardia
cinematography by: Nicolas Karakatsanis
film editing: Frédéric Fichefet
art director: Igor Gabriel
music: Albert Márkos
producer: Tomas Leyers, René Goossens, Annemiek Van Gorp, Patrick Quinet
production: Artémis Productions, De Productie, Uj Budapest Filmstudio (HU)
backing: Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des Télédistributeurs Wallons, Nederlands Filmfonds, Rotterdam Filmfonds, Network Movie ZDF, Arte ZDF, Tax-shelter du Gouvernement fédéral de Belgique, Eurimages
distributor: A-Film België NV, Les Acacias, Best Hollywood (HU)


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