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Oxygen

Original title: Adem
German title: Atemberaubend / Oxygen
Belgium, 2010

Director: Nuffel, Hans van
Production company: A Private View
Co-producers: Lemming Films
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Synopsis:
Tom (Stef Aerts) and his brother Lucas (Maarten Mertens) suffer from cystic fybrosis, a genetic disease that slowly destroys their lungs. Tom is struggling to cope with his short life expectancy and hangs around with a gang of hoodlums. In the hospital, he meets Xavier (Wouter Hendrickx), who suffers from the same illness but behaving like a top athlete. Xavier is a confirmed optimist, even when he is dumped by his girlfriend Anneleen (Marie Vinck). Tom takes in Xavier’s energy and joy of life. He roams the hospital grounds and falls for the charms of quirky Eline (Anemone Valcke), who has been quarantined for months due to an infection. They are not allowed to touch and can only talk to each other over the phone. Yet, they start a romance.

Festivals:
Montreal 2010 (awarded), Rome 2010, Zurich 2010,Tallinn Black Nights Just Film 2010, Buster Copenhagen 2011, Schlingel Chemnitz 2011, Cinemagic Belfast 2011, European Film Awards 2011: "European Discovery", GYFF Glasgow 2012

Website: oxygenthemovie.com

World sales address/es:
A private View Films (B)