Oxygen  {Adem}
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New Voices/New Visions
Friday, January 07, 4:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium
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New Voices/New Visions
Saturday, January 08, 9:00 AM
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Monday, January 17, 1:00 PM
Camelot Theatres
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Belgium, 2010, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Netherlands
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Family Friendly
Programs: Best of the Fest, New Voices/New Visions
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Awards: Montreal World FF: Grand prix des Americas, 2010; Zurich Variety’s New Talent Award

A touching portrait of youth facing mortality far too soon, Oxygen centers on Tom, a teen with cystic fibrosis, who rebels against the condition he and his elder brother Lucas were born with. While Lucas endures his more seriously challenged health with patience ("It could be worse. We could be sick in America. Or gay in Iran."), 17-year-old Tom hangs out with a group of ne'er-do-wells between hospital stays, taking part in their petty thefts and general rabble-rousing as an escape from dwelling on the fact that his life is likely to be short.

Still, Tom’s condition makes periods of confinement unavoidable. During one hospital stay, he meets fellow CF sufferer Xavier, a 30-ish guy who seems to have achieved the dream adulthood Tom might never reach: cool job (underwater photographer), cool car and hot girlfriend. Over time, Xavier's disapproval of Tom's unruly pals creates a conflict between them. In this very personal film, director Hans Van Nuffel smartly skirts disease-of-the-week cliché to show appealing human beings trying to embrace life in spite of chronic illness. Winner, Grand Prix of the Americas, Montreal Film Festival, Variety New Talent Award, Zurich Film Festival, Alice in the Cities Award, Rome Film Festival.

Director & Actors to attend screenings

DIRECTOR: Hans Van Nuffel
Producer: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo
Editor: Alain Devaussage
Screenwriter: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Hans Van Nuffel
Cinematographer: Ruben Impens
Music: Spinvis, Geike Arneaert
Principal Cast: Stef Aerts, Wouter Hendrickx, Rik Verheye, Anemone Valcke, Marie Vinck, Maarten Mertens
Filmography: Debut Feature

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