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A home invasion goes wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. After four years in prison, Kenneth reunites with Dave and his erstwhile girlfriend Sylvie, whom he desperately wants to get back with, but he finds out that much has changed. The Ardennes are the backdrop to this dark crime thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, drugs and crime.
"The Ardennes tells the story of a complex relationship between two brothers, the lead character Dave and his brother Kenneth, and how each of them deals with the scars of their shared past. I wanted to explore the theme of loyalty between brothers and friends, with a specific focus on the harsh environment of these individuals. This is also a recurring theme in my previous short films: characters who live in a world where violence is the solution and drugs are invariably present. The complicated love triangle between Dave, Sylvie and Kenneth is central to the plot. It is the main thrust of the story. Although it is easy to portray Kenneth as the ‘bad guy’ of the story, this is not what interests me as a filmmaker. I wanted to explore the grey areas between good and evil and ask myself why people are the way they are and do what they do." [Robin Pront]
Robin Pront, a Belgian citizen of semi-Dutch heritage, is known for his straightforward and no-nonsense style. He rose to prominence with his first short film Plan B, a short film about the drug scene in Antwerp. The film won the award for best short at the Leuven Film Festival in 2008, as well as the Public's Choice award. His next short, Injury Time (2010), his thesis film for the Sint-Lukas Academy in Brussels, was about football hooliganism and starredBullhead stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeroen Perceval. It was favorably received by critics and was selected for several national and international festivals, winning awards at Brussels and Ghent. The Ardennes is his first feature film.