Narrative Feature | 106 minutes

HIFF 2018

 Narrative Competition

Directed by
Anke Blondé

Produced by
Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Marleen Slot

Written by
Jean-Claude Van Rijokeghem, Anke Blondé

Kim Snauwaert, Jelle De Beule, Katelijne Verbeke, Dirk van Dijck

2019 | Dutch | Belgium/Netherlands

WINNER: Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award for director Anke Blondé

• Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Kim Snauwaert

To almost everyone around her, the life of 37-year-old Dorien (Kim Snauwaert) seems to be picture perfect, with two children, a loving husband, and a thriving veterinary practice. But just as the local press reports ominous news of a “black hole” on the horizon, Dorien’s life is hit with a series of devastating setbacks: the fallout from a recent affair, her parents’ breakup, and unexpected results from a trip to the hospital. A sympathetic portrait of a life in crisis, director Anke Blondé’s THE BEST OF DORIEN B. is a warmly funny and bittersweet look at one woman’s attempts to let go from the coping mechanisms that have defined her life for so long.