Family Affair, A
Tom Fassaert explores the history of his family, one that is characterized by conflict. His journey becomes complicated when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession.
On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come and visit her in South Africa. At that time, he only knows her from myths and predominantly negative stories told by his father. She was a femme fatale, a famous model in the 1950s and a mother who put her sons into a children’s home. Fassaert accepts her invitation. Then his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, making his venture more complicated than he could have imagined.
115’ / DCP / colour
Original title: A FAMILY AFFAIR
Dir.: Tom Fassaert
Prod: Conijn Film (NL)
Co-prod: KRO/NCRV (NL), Danish Documentary (DK), Clin d'oeil films (BE)
Sc: Tom Fassaert
D.O.P.: Tom Fassaert
Completed: November 2015
Second feature length documentary.
a.o. MARINUS BOEZEM (2013, short doc), AN ANGEL IN DOEL(2011, DOC), Awards a.o: Honorary Mention Berlin IFF, . Universities Award Best Film Doclisboa, Grand Prix Best Film Ânûû-rû Âboro FF, ELLIPSE (2011, short), THE MAN AND THE FOREST (2008, short doc).
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