Verhofstadt preparing speech

BREXIT Behind Closed Doors

Lode Desmet

documentary released


Documentary offering a behind the scenes view of the Brexit negotiations. We follow Guy Verhofstadt, lead negotiator of the European Parliament, for a period of almost two years. A film about the state of our democracy, about how politics are handled in times of social media and populism. How will the European project find a new momentum in the midst of all this?


  • Writer: Lode Desmet
  • Director: Lode Desmet
  • DoP: Lode Desmet
  • Editor: Michel Ronsmans
  • Music: Roel De Ruijter
  • Producers: Hans Everaert (BE) & Fiona Stourton (UK)
  • Coproducers: Films of Record (UK)
  • Associated broadcasters: VTM, RTBF, BBC, ZDF / Arte
  • With the support of: VAF, Belgian tax shelter


  • Length: ca 120'
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, German
  • Shooting Location: Brussel, London, Strasbourg
  • Shooting period: 2017 - 2019
  • Released: 8 May 2019
  • Festivals: Doc Lisboa (2019)

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