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Belgium / The Netherlands, 2007 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Nic Balthazar

"Rarely has so much emotion and excitement been compressed into 90 minutes of screen time." - Screen International

Ben suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism that prevents him from interacting socially with those around him. The victim of relentless bullying at his high school, his only retreat is the fantasy world of Overlord, an online game where he is free to transform himself and dispatch his enemies without effort. But when the bullying invades his online world things spiral out of control, and Ben is forced to take real action.

The debut feature from Belgian director Nic Balthazar, Ben X is an exploration of school bullying, autism and the effects of online culture.

Winner of three awards at the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival including the Grand Prix.

D/S Nic Balthazar P Peter Bouckaert, Erwin Provost Dist Aztec International L Dutch w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/90mins

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