In Home, I want to explore the field of tension between two generations. How do adults go about their responsibilities towards teenagers and how do these young people try to find their way into adulthood themselves. In this community of two struggling generations, I looked for a storyline that centers on the themes of parental love, freedom, loyalty, betrayal and violence.
I don’t want to depict the young people as an apathetic, lost generation, but I do want to show that, with their confusing value system, it is difficult to correctly establish the fine line between right and wrong. The young people are looking for a meaningful set of morals and a place for themselves in an ever faster-paced and “smaller” world. I want to support this dynamic generation and try to depict it in a very human way. I want to show young people’s struggle to make sense of this world, and their difficult quest to find themselves and to become adults. The environment in which they grow up plays a key role in this quest. Every opportunity they get and every opinion they form is inextricably linked with the adults who surround them at that point in time, and who are assumed to support them and protect them. I don’t want to use this story to communicate how rotten the youth of today is, but to underscore how great the responsibility is that an adult bears in the development of a young person.
In 2011, she made her third feature film, Kid, the emotionally charged tale of a seven-year-old farmer's son, Kid. The film made the jury selections of film festivals around the world, and won the Eurimages Award for the most promising project, the prize for the best film and best soundtrack at the Aubagne International Film Festival, the jury prize at the Festival Paris Cinéma, a special mention at the film festival in Gent, and in 2013 it won the Magritte Award for the Best Flemish Co-production at the Magrittes du Cinéma. With her latest project, Fien raked in the awards even before the cameras had started rolling: at the end of 2015 she won the international ARTE France Cinéma prize for her script for the film HOME at the TorinoFilmLab.
2005 SOMEONE ELSE'S HAPPINESS
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Fien Troch
Written by : Fien Troch, Nico Leunen
Produced by : Antonino Lombardo
Director of Photography : Frank Van den Eeden
Editor : Nico Leunen
Production Design : Jef Peremans
Costume Design : Judith van Herck, Valerie le Roy
Composer : Johnny Jewel
Sound Design : Michel Schöpping, Kwinten Van Laethem
Main Cast : Els Deceukelier (John's Mother), Sebastian Van Dun (Kevin), Mistral Guidotti (John), Loïc Batog (Sammy), Lena Suijkerbuijk (Lina), Karlijn Sileghem (Sonja)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2017