“This delightful delve into the hardy mussel is a charmer of a film.”
The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland, like many other aficionados? But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so?
MUSSELS IN LOVE (original title L’AMOUR DES MOULES) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art. We get to observe its complete life cycle: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm.
On its odyssey from seabed to restaurant plate, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who - like itself - fall in love, struggle and overcome. Biologist Annelies introduces us to the sex life of mussels. Then she becomes pregnant – by one of her mussels students! Top chef Sergio Herman, after a love-hate relationship with the shellfish, now specialises in preparing it. Gynaecologist Jan uses the glue of mussels to save the lives of unborn babies. And then there's the local Zeeland phenomenon of the mussel princess.
MUSSELS IN LOVE nominated for Magic Hour Award and the Canon Cinematography Award at the Planete+
Doc festival in Warsaw, Poland (May 2013)
L'Amour des Moules (Mussels in Love) big succees at
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For those who can't get enough of the film, there's also a book!
In depth stories about people whose lives are entwined with the life of the mussel.
Written by Willem Assaert, portraits by Filip Claus, with ten unique recipes
by top chef Sergio Herman, photographed by Tony le Duc.
'L'Amour des Moules – Over mosselen en mensen' is available from
1st november 2012, special bookfair screening with publisher MINESTRONE
Tony Le Duc & Sergio Herman
Van Schoonhovenstraat 32
B - 2060 Antwerpen BELGIE
Tel: +32 (0)3 33 66 889
Fax: +32 (0)3 33 66 859
Composer Tuur Tuur Florizoone
The film was developed during the SOURCES 2 / Media Programme.
The film was made with finance from the Nederlands Filmfonds, Mediafonds,
Omroep Zeeland, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Provincie Zeeland &
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
running time: 73 minuten
shooting format: 35mm
screening format: DCP 2K
screen ratio: Cinemascope 1:2.35
See the full list of credits here (pdf)
"L'AMOUR DES MOULES IN CONCERT" met Tuur Florizoone
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
THE FILM HAS BEEN SCREENED IN:
Amsterdam, Vlissingen, Terneuzen, Rotterdam, Breda, Amersfoort, Den Haag,
Nijmegen, Den Bosch, Utrecht, Hoorn, Oostburg, Apeldoorn, Zwolle, Bergen,
Middelburg, Schiedam, Zierikzee, Leeuwarden, Gent (BE), Dendermonde (BE), Copenhagen (DK), Antwerp (BE), Koksijde (BE), Turnhout (BE), Diepenbeek (BE), Knokke-Heist (BE), Oosterbeek (BE), Mol (BE)
INTERNATIONAL PRESS & REVIEWS:
SCREEN DAILY (USA)
EYE FOR FILM (UK)
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CONTACT / SALES
International World Sales
SALES AGENT AUTLOOK FILMS
Reinette van de Stadt
Damrak 70, 1012 LM Amsterdam
Tel: +31 6 248 70 468
Co-producer & Distributor Belgium
Bram Crols en Mark Daems
Tel: +32 3 236 66 63
Publicity Company Netherlands
Sara Höhner & Anne Vierhout,
Jorien Klomp (boekingen)
Monique van Schendelen,
Arie Biemondstraat 111, 1054 PD Amsterdam
Noordereinde 233-B, 1243 JT ’s Graveland
Tel: +31 20 420 71 23
Tel: +31 35 582 69 69 / +31 6 53 697 606
Fax: +31 20 420 71 24
Fax: +31 35 582 78 85