Released in 2011, North Sea Texas won two awards at Montreal Film Festival and one at Rome Film Festival. It was the first feature film from director Bavo Defurne, who also wrote the screenplay with Yves Verbraeken. The film is set on the Belgian coast and is based on the 2004 children’s book “Nooit Gaat Dit” by Andre Sollie.
The beauty of North Sea Texas lies in its simplicity. The film is beautifully shot and brilliantly acted, especially by Jelle Florizoone, Eva van der Gucht and Katelijne Damen who deliver outstanding performances. Bavo Defurne achieves so much without having to rely on dialogue, using very distinct and bold colours (just think about Pim’s yellow shirt or Yvette’s yellow evening dress) as well as amazing long shots of the Belgian coastline.