Key cast: Gauthier Castille, Greg Timmermans, Jaak Van Assche, Inge Paulussen, Hilde Uitterlinden, Tibo Vandenborre, Lize Feryn, Ben Segers, Bert Cosemans, Francois Beukelaers, Sara De Bosschere, Marieke Dilles, Tine Reymer, Bob De Moor, Ron Cornet, Maarten Bosmans, Oona Gabriel
This crowdfunded film tells the melancholic and wondrous tale of Gerard, who is tremendously in love with the girl next door, but doesn’t have the guts to tell her. One day, he decides to do something nobody has ever done before: eat the chair he was always standing on, staring outside from the attic. From that moment, his whole life changes. He even gets famous and makes it to Hollywood, as a horror movie icon: “theee woooodmannn”!!! But the big question remains: is this the life Gerard always wanted?
A funny, slightly surrealistic and universal telling about the human desire to archieve a goal, to belong, to love and to be loved back in return. And about how stupid and ill-considered decisions can have a huge impact on someones life.
Pieter has been working as a director for a lot of prime time TV-shows since 2001. He also directed two of the most successful daily drama series for a few years. In 2012 he founded Creative Genes, a production company for corporate and publicity films. “Oakwood Chair” was a project of love, ambition and persistence for many years, for a big part funded through crowdfunding from all over the world Belgium, Netherlands, UK, USA, Asia,…). This film hopefully will become the stepping stone to other and bigger adventures…
From the first moment I read the children’s book by Edward van de Vendel, only a few pages long, I wanted to turn this story into a film. It made me wonder about a possible back story: why would somebody even think about eating a chair? What could be the consequences? And that made it a story for grown ups, not only for kids. It’s about falling in love, getting older, realizing your dreams (or not), finding peace and being able to forgive, especially oneself.