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A film by Hans Van Nuffel

Genre(s): Drama

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  • Hans Van Nuffel


    First feature film


Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2010: World Filmfestival (Canada) | Official selectionGrand Prix des Amériques & Ecumenic Jury Award
  • 2010: Filmfestival Oostende (Belgium)
  • 2010: Zurich Filmfestival (Switzerland) Variety New Talent Award
  • 2010: Rome Film Festival (Italy) | Alice nella città Marco Aurelio Nella Città Prize
  • 2010: Festival International du Film d'Amiens (France) | Official selectionBest Actor (Stef Aerts) & Audience Award
  • 2010: Sevilla European Film Festival (Spain) | Official selection
  • 2010: Festival Cinéma Science (France) Audience Award
  • 2010: Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs (France) | Official selection
  • 2011: Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA) | Official selection


Tom (Stef Aerts) and his brother Lucas (Maarten Mertens) are young men who 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), a young man suffering 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. When Tom's brother Lucas dies during lung transplantation surgery, Tom is inconsolable. He seeks refuge among his rough friends, avoids Xavier and breaks up with Eline. But one day, he again crosses Xavier's path who gives him back his taste for life... OXYGEN is compelling, romantic, funny and heart-breaking. It's a drama about having little time and not wanting to miss out on anything.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 96'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 1,85:1
  • Country(ies) of production: Belgium / Netherlands
  • Original Language(s): Dutch
  • Subtitle(s) available: English / French
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: DCP / Digital Betacam / HDCAM SR

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Stef Aerts, Wouter Hendrickx, Marie Vinck, Anemone Valcke
  • Screenplay: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Hans Van Nuffel
  • Cinematographer: Ruben Impens
  • Editor: Alain Dessauvage

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Dries Phlypo (A PRIVATE VIEW)
  • With the support of: Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Dutch Film Fund, Eurimages