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King of the Belgians (2016)

Desperate to return home from a state visit to Istanbul when his country suffers its worst-ever political crisis, but unable to fly due to a solar storm, the King of the Belgians finds himself on a tumultuous road trip across the Balkans.
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How the last King of the Belgians becomes the first Emperor of Europe.

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Credited cast:
Peter Van den Begin ... King Nicolas III
Lucie Debay ... Louise Vancraeyenest
Titus De Voogdt ... Carlos
Bruno Georis ... Ludovic Moreau
Goran Radakovic Goran Radakovic ... Dragan
Pieter van der Houwen Pieter van der Houwen ... Duncan Lloyd
Nina Nikolina Nina Nikolina ... Ana
Valentin Ganev ... Kerim
Nathalie Laroche Nathalie Laroche ... The Queen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Angelov Yuri Angelov ... Yuri Angelov
Ekatarina Angelova Ekatarina Angelova ... Katya
Kostadin Atanasov Kostadin Atanasov ... Bagpiper
Petko Chalakov Petko Chalakov ... Drummer
Nikolay Dimov Nikolay Dimov ... Married Man
Pavel Doytchev Pavel Doytchev ... Mayor


The King of the Belgians is on a state visit in Istanbul when his country falls apart. He must return home at once to save his kingdom. But a solar storm causes airspace and communications to shut down. No planes. No phones. With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world - and his true self. Written by Bo Films

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English | Flemish | French | Bulgarian

Release Date:

30 November 2016 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A belgák királya See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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People who liked this movie might be delighted to know that a sequel is in the making with virtually same cast and crew. Without giving too much away : the sympatico king is in line to become Emperor.... of Europe . See more »


King Nicolas III: We will capture our journey home for the people. Point final.
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Nisi Dominus RV 608: Cum Dederit
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Sandrine Piau
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A really delightful one!
14 November 2017 | by rashaelshehabySee all my reviews

it's a very enjoyable movie,a light comedy one,but the idea is genuine that a royalty can go through all sort of hardships to save his kingdom out of sense of dedication,to the extent that he can get dressed in a dancer's custom to go home! The movie rhythm kept going funny all the time but without losing the formal sense that we are talking about a king here!so I got the message real well! the guy is a king but a cool one ! and man that's so cool,I loved it !

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