Ex Drummer

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    Ex Drummer

    Directed by

    Belgium

    2007

    104 min

    • Dutch

    Drama

    Every village has its band of fools, trying to get to the top, following their idols in drug habits, but staying losers till the end of their pathetic days. They all do this in the name of rock & roll. Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer. Dries, a well known writer, seems the right guy for the job, were it not for the fact that his only handicap is that he can’t play the drums. He joins the group as a perfect, but evil god walking down his mountain to play with the populace. With the arrival of this infiltrator, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardize the band’s fragile future. Dries will manipulate them till they are willing to drink each others blood and their only future is written down in many Punk lyrics: “No Future”.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Dries Vanhegen
    Sam Louwyck
    Screenplay
    Koen Mortier
    based on the novel "Ex Drummer" by Herman Brusselmans
    Cinematography
    Glynn Speeckaert
    Editing
    Manu Van Hove

    Director's Statement

    EX DRUMMER is appealing in different ways. On the one hand there is the rock ’n ’roll niche which I consider an extremely grateful cinematographic micro-biosphere. On top of that, the numerous small parish-halls - where rock bands are continuously performing, hoping that one day they will get their piece of the cake - are a peculiar and hilarious environment. Every village in Flanders has one or two bands who, in some bizarre way, have become ‘world famous’ in their own small village. They thus create their own cliché rock’n’roll world and often end up in the madness of drug abuse. Of course, the most important and interesting element of this film is its main character. A first look at him shows us a rather sympathetic and human individual, although he does have some arrogant features. As a hermit he is living far away from drugs and alcohol, in short, outside of the ‘bad life’. He is mostly sitting at home in the warm womb of his love, Lio. One would think he is perfectly happy with this situation. He is not poor, he is an established writer and his girlfriend is one of the most beautiful creatures he has ever met. And yet he is leaving this protective environment, “in the way the Greek Gods left the Olympus”, in order to mingle with the ragtag, creating havoc with them. Music is usually one of the most important elements in my films. As a persona non grata it weaves a soundscape and besieges the underlined situations. Ex Drummer is like a musical score. As far as I am concerned, EX DRUMMER will be an ‘audible’ film, which is logical as the main part of the story is set in a music hall. Just like in A HARD DAY'S WORK, I will make use of local musical talent mixed with internationally known songs so as not to give the impression that the characters are living in a cut-off world.

    Production
    CZAR FILM
    Koen Mortier

    Koen Mortier

    Belgium

    Koen Mortier (1965, Belgium) has been active in the film world as an author, director and producer. Mortier set his first step into the film industry with two shorts: ANA TEMNEI and A HARD DAY'S WORK. Both received a lot of positive feedback and festival prizes. In 2007, Mortier directed EX DRUMMER, his first feature film that was shown in various festival selections, won prizes and was sold to more than twenty countries. Three years later, his second film 22ND OF MAY was released. This reaped success: the film won several awards and was sold to ten countries. More recently, he directed a 7’ short, PLAYING AWAY FROM HOME. This was part of the worldwide project ‘Short Plays’ by Arte Mecànica in Mexico. Vincent Gallo and Gaspar Noé were also part of this project. Mortier currently has two feature films in development: ANGEL and HAUNTED.

    Selected Filmography