• A Family Affair
  • A Family Affair
  • A Family Affair

A Family Affair

by Tom Fassaert International Documentary Film / Competition

„Marianne Hertz: model and perfect mother“ – is how a magazine of the 1950s described filmmaker Tom Fassaert‘s grandmother. On his 30th birthday, he receives a mysterious invitation from this 95-year-old woman to come visit her in South Africa. At that time, the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s, and a mother that put her two sons into a children’s home. Fassaert decides to accept her invitation. Once in South Africa, he begins to peel back the layers of a personality that seems as narcissistic as it is complex. But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined. Employing intimate family discussions and fascinating archive footage, A FAMILY AFFAIR takes the audience on a unique journey through the history of a dysfunctional European family.


  • Genre: DOC: Family & Relationships
  • Country, Year: Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, 2015
  • Runtime: 115 Min
  • Languages: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Tom Fassaert
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  • Screenplay: Tom Fassaert
  • Cinematography: Tom Fassaert
  • Editor: Claudio Hughes
  • Sound: Tom Fassaert
  • Music: Tobias Borkert
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  • Producer: Wout Conijn
  • Executive Producers: Wout Conijn, Sue Turley, Annie Roney
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  • Production Company: Conijn Film
  • World Sales: Abramorama
  • www.afamilyaffair-film.com
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