Peter Monsaert’s new drama “Le Ciel Flamand” (or “Flemish Heaven”) follows Sylvie (Sara Vertongen), a veteran brothel owner who runs the business wit her mother Monique (Ingrid De Vos) on the border of West Flanders and France. Though they treat their profession like a traditional business — check online reviews, discuss how technology might improve security, etc. — Sylvie still tries to preserve her six-year-old daughter Eline’s (Esra Vandenbussche, Vertongen’s real life daughter) innocence and keep her from discovering the details of the family business. But one day Eline’s curiosity gets the best of her and all of their lives change forever. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below and check out the film’s poster as well.
“The idea for this film arose when I became a father and got to know the indelible vulnerability a parent feels when they hold their first child in their arms,” says Monsaert. “I tried to incorporate these personal feelings into the film. How does a child’s traumatic experience affect you as a parent and as partners. How do you deal with the powerlessness, fragility and how do you give an incident like this a place in your life?”
“Le Ciel Flamand” will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section on September 11th.