A mockumentary about a dormant king who gets lost in the Balkans and awakens to the r ...

Broadcast & Film

Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with the European Deletation to the Philippines




31 January 2020, 5:30 PM
1 February 2020, 5:00 PM
Tanghalang Manuel Conde 


KING OF THE BELGIANS is a road movie in which a dormant King gets lost in the Balkans and awakens to the real world.

King Nicolas III is a lonely soul who has the distinct feeling he’s living the wrong life. He embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned by the Palace to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch’s rather dull image. The news breaks that Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence. The King, bursting with purpose, must return home at once to save his kingdom. And for once, he declares, he will write his own damn speech. As they rally to depart, a solar storm strikes the earth causing communications to collapse and airspace to shut down. No phones. No planes. To make matters worse, Turkish security coldly dismisses the King’s suggestion they return home by road. But the King has no intention of waiting out this storm. Lloyd, sniffing an opportunity of historical proportions, hatches a dubious escape plan that involves flowery dresses and singing Bulgarians.

Thus begins their undercover odyssey across the Balkans, a journey that’s loaded with wrong turns, startling encounters and moments of fleeting joy.


January 31 – invitational, free admission, first come, first served basis
February 1 - open to the public, free admission, first come, first served basis