TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 3:00 PM
Innis Town Hall Sun, Apr 29, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Ecology & the Environment
Food & Agriculture
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Janet van den Brand
Producer(s):Maarten Bernaerts
Margje de Koning
Christophe Toulemonde
Willem Baptist
Nienke Korthof
Bram Conjaerts
Floor Komen
Barbara Dyck
Lennart Stuyck
Fabrice Delville
Editor(s):Sam Sermon
Writer(s):Janet van den Brand
Cinematography:Timothy Wennekes
Composer:Harrold Roeland
Sound:Tim Taeymans


Koen, Daan, Sven and Jeanine are growing up on isolated farms in the southwest of the Netherlands. There's no doubt about their future: Once they reach adulthood, they will take over their fathers' profession. For her feature debut, Janet van den Brand weaves together the everyday lives of these four children, composing a delicate and sensitive portrait of young people's dreams and realities in rural areas. One boy tries to reconcile his deep love of animals with the necessity of their slaughter, while another chops up pigs and roosters with matter-of-fact calm. A girl paints her nails between agriculture lessons, and a tractor enthusiast laments his school friends' disinterest in farming. Each at their own pace, they're absorbing the knowledge passed on to them. With gorgeous cinematography and elegiac soundscapes, Ceres contemplates—yet never romanticizes—the beauty and cruelty of nature's cycles in rural life. Charlotte Selb

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