A documentary (2014) by Ellen Vermeulen


“In the land of the blind, I am the one-eyed king.”, says Wilfried. This country is in prison Merksplas and the blind, they are the internees. The only thing they have in common is their date of release: 31/12/9999. This film tells the story of some mentally ill criminals not being held responsible for their actions but still locked down. Without treatment and without an end date.

‘9999’ descends into the limbo of Belgium and looks some internees who are pining away in a prison, straight in the eye. The film disappears under lock and key, where time loses all common sense, and tells us of an unreal injustice. We end up in a narrow world where imagination is obliged to transcend reality and we wander through landscapes of senses of men on the edge of society.


April 2014

World premiere: Visions du Réel 2014, special jury mention Regard Neuf
Belgian premiere: MOOOV Film festival 2014

Selections: Docville, B – FF Ostend, B – Kassel Dok, GER – This Human World, A – Porto/post/doc, POR – Docpoint, FIN – One World, CZ – Movies That Matter, NL and more.

May 13th, several venues, Flanders-Belgium, 9999 the website


supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund
a co-production with Lichtpunt
in association with Liga voor Mensenrechten & Orde van Vlaamse Balies

Website & facebook

9999 the website
9999 facebook