Fran­ciscus, the pater­fa­milias of the Dutch ensemble The Family Pondman, is posi­tive: in a few years time, the opera world will lie at their feet. Shortly before, a renowned Vien­nese talent scout has told his musical sons and daugh­ters that their tough reper­tory may prove damaging to their voices. The Austrian advises them to take a clas­sical training, which obvi­ously cuts their father to the quick. He not only raises his five chil­dren (from 13 to 21) all by himself, he also accom­pa­nies them musi­cally. Their mother, a well-known opera singer, largely disap­peared from view after the divorce. Fran­ciscus used to be on stage too, until his voice broke down. Now, he is firmly at the head of a harmo­nious, slightly pecu­liar family who live in a dreamy, quaint farm­house with their ponies and chickens and who move around in two oldtimers. Director Wilko Bello simply regis­ters things, leaving it up to the spec­tator to make up his mind about the strong influ­ence the father exerts on his offspring.


Executive producer
Production company
Selfmade Films
TV company
Distributor NL
Selfmade Films

Title: Het familie ensemble
Year: 2009
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Korte Documentaire (2009)
Wilko Bello

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