A bittersweet and humouristic portrait of a ghost town and a film about why it is so important to have a place to call home.
Produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann & Frederik Sølberg.



Produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann & Frederik Sølberg.
Directed by Frederik Sølberg  DoP Jonathan Wannyn  Sound Recordist Neal Willaert  Edited by Mads Hedegaard  Sound design & Mix Søren Bendz & Andreas Sandborg  Colorist Jian Zhi Zhang  Graphics by Anders Christiansen  Score Anders Rhedin, Anders B. Mannov & Lavvi Ebbel  Produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann & Frederik Sølberg  Co-produced by Puk Lodahl Eisenhardt, Charlotte van Hassel & Kaat Camerlynck  Executive producers Helle Faber, Eurydice Gysel, Thor Hampus Bank, Emil Johnsen & Peter Leys  Cast Christof Malcorps, Emilienne Driessen, Jerome de Paepe, Alwin Vandekerkhove, Brian Waterschoot, Denis Malcorps & Maurice Vergauwen

Production Company Made In Copenhagen, CZAR Belgium, LOOKING FORWARD & Gotfat Productions

Produced in cooperation with Aarhus Filmværksted, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Danske Filminstruktører, FAF, Dansk Skuespiller Forbund, Dansk Artist Forbund, Danske Dramatikere & Blockbuster

Why is it so important to have a place called home?

Doel is a ghost town in Belgium surrounded by a nuclear power plant, a gigantic container dock, and the port of Antwerp. For decades the inhabitants have been battling the authorities who want to tear the town down and build a new container dock. Now there is only 24 inhabitants left – a colorful crowd of common and uncommon people clinging onto the idea of keeping their vandalized and abandoned town alive. “DOEL” is a quirky, humourous, and poetic portrait of six of the remaining inhabitants and their struggle with Dutch techno ravers, curious urban explorers, and political havoc.

Awarded Best Feature Film at DokuBaku 2018.

Nominated for the NEXT:WAVE competition at CPH:DOX 2018, International Competition at DMZ Docs 2018, International Competition at DokuFest 2018, the DOC ALLIANCE Award 2018, and the New Talent competition at Sheffield DocFest 2018.
Screenings / Selections
Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2019
BelDocs, Belgrade, Serbia, 2019 (International Competition)
Filmmaker Day, Torino, Italy, 2019
Viewpoint Ghent Documentary Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2019
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2019
PROVINZIALE Eberswalde Filmest, Eberswalde, Germany, 2019
Gentofte Hovedbibliotek, Gentofte, Denmark, 2019
Freunde von Freunden, Berlin, Germany, 2019
Cinema L’Univers, Lille, France, 2019
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018 (NEXT:WAVE Competition)
Sheffield DocFest, Sheffield, UK, 2018 (New Talent Competition)
DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
DMZ Docs, South Korea, 2018 (International Competition)
International Debut Documentary Film Festival Rudnik, Russia, 2018 (International Competition)
DokuFest, Kosovo, 2018 (International Competition)
Black Canvas FCC Film Festival, Mexico, 2018
DokuBaku, Azerbaijan, 2018 (Awarded for Best Feature Film)
Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle, France, 2018 (International Competition)
Kino Svetozor (Doc Alliance screening), Prague, Czech Republic, 2018
IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland, 2018
Doc Alliance Award, 2018
Samsø Bio, Samsø, Denmark, 2018
Øst For Paradis, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018
HEART, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark 2018
Produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann & Frederik Sølberg.
Produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann & Frederik Sølberg.


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