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Jeroen Van der Stock | Japan, Belgium 2017 | 43 Min. | Kein Dialog

Monday, 07.05.2018, 6 pm tickets
De France | Saal 1


This film is nominated for the International Shorts Award (ISA).

Screened together with Throwline and Blueberry Spirits.


On Shikoku Island, one of the smallest and least populated islands of Japan, lies an unspecified generic building in the midst of mysterious woods. A couple of puppies sunbathing outside the building are startled by the sudden arrival of a small truck. A few unidentified men offload the vehicle handling various cages. Trapped in the cages are a number of cats and dogs. The animals are in the beginning of a process of waiting in which they either just seem to be killing time or enter the Dream Box. Not a film for weak nerves!


Jeroen Van der Stock (1979, Belgium) graduated in 2002 at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels. He made his debut feature documentary film Wild Beast in 2008. Wild Beast was selected at various international film festivals and aired on VRT Canvas. Van der Stock moved from China to Japan in 2009 to work on his second documentary feature Silent Visitors (2012), which premiered at CPH:DOX and won him the Award for Best Film at the Brussels Art Film Festival. His latest work Dream Box had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2017.


  • International Film Festival Rotterdam / IFFR (Netherlands, January 2017, World Premiere)
  • Documentamadrid 2017 (Spanish Premiere, May 2017)
  • DocuTIFF - Tirana International Documentary Film Festival (Albanian Premiere, May 2017)
  • Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine (Peruvian Premiere, June 2017)
  • PriFest - Prishtina International Film Festival (Kosovo, July 2017)
  • Image Forum Japan (Japanese Premiere, July 2017)
  • États généraux du film documentaire (French Premiere, August 2017)
  • Pacific Meridian International Film Festival Vladivostok (Russian Premiere, September 2017)
  • Matsalu Nature Film Festival (Estonian Premiere, September 2017)
  • DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Korean Premiere, September 2017)
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (Colombian Premiere, November 2017)
  • RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival (North American Premiere, November 2017)
  • Fricine - Nova Friburgo (Brazilian Premiere, November 2017)
  • Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta (Indonesian Premiere, December 2017)