Synopsis:

King Nicolas III is a lonely soul who has the distinct feeling he’s living the wrong life. He embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned by the Palace to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch’s rather dull image. The news breaks that Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence. The King, bursting with purpose, must return home at once to save his kingdom. And for once, he declares, he will write his own damn speech. As they rally to depart, a solar storm strikes the earth causing communications to collapse and airspace to shut down. No phones. No planes. To make matters worse, Turkish security coldly dismisses the King’s suggestion they return home by road. But the King has no intention of waiting out this storm. Lloyd, sniffing an opportunity of historical proportions, hatches a dubious escape plan that involves flowery dresses and singing Bulgarians.

About the directors:

Their first feature KHADAK won 20 international awards, including the 2006 Venice Lion of the Future. The film, nominated for the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Award, was hailed for being “one of the most powerful film meditations ever”.Between 1993 and 1998 Peter Brosens produced and co-directed his Mongolia Trilogy including the acclaimed STATE OF DOGS, winner of the Grand Prix at the Visions du Réel documentary Festival in Nyon. Jessica Woodworth studied classical theatre and literature at Princeton University, then obtained an MA in documentary from Stanford University. Her first film THE VIRGIN DIARIES was nominated for the FIPRESCI Award at the 2002 Amsterdam documentary festival.