The Sound of Belgium

Director Jozef Devillé
Belgium / 85 min. / 2012 / Dutch/French/English

Belgians "work hard and party harder." A clubber travels through the contagious yet obscure Belgian club scene, from '20s Decap organs to '90s hardcore, passing through '60s popcorn and '80s New Beat on the road to world domination. A clubland all of its own making. 


You may well ask: What the hell has a documentary about Belgian music got to do with me? At first glance, nothing, right? Belgium's nothing more than mussels and fries and Manneken Pis, you say. Crass error! The Belgians, as they tell us here: "work hard and party harder." Welcome to a hilarious ride or trip (in the techno sense of the word), through the nation's contagious clubbing culture. The film kicks off in 1815, with the Battle of Waterloo (at full pelt), and reveals the primitive desire of the Belgian people to dance until dawn. We see all the clubs, genres and scenes (knowing that some of them will end up taking over the world). Get down on the Flemish dance floor, dance with the Decap organs, dancehalls and roadhouse bars of the 1940s, cruise through the popcorn of the '60s (a kinda home-brewed northern soul scene, but with the pitch lowered?), discover Front 242 and then the New Beat revolution (also with the pitch lowered!), the rebirth of local techno (which influenced the English raves), and the rise of not-for-the-faint-hearted native Hardcore. Gripping stuff. We'll never see Belgium in the same light again.


Jozef Devillé is a Belgian DJ and photographer. He is also an independent filmmaker. He's worked on lots of music videos. This is his first full-length film. 

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Premiere type
National Premiere

Film web

Showing format

in festivals
Docville 2013 - Leuven, BE - Belgian Competition IDFA 2012 - Amsterdam NL - Music Documentary Competition International Film Festival of Flanders 2012 - Ghent, BE - World Premiere

CJ Bolland, Ken Ishii, Joey Beltram, Lou Deprijck, Dan Lacksman

Pablo Eekman, Jozef Devillé

Jozef Devillé

Jozef Devillé

Sound designer
Senjan Jansen

Film company

Film distributor

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