Ben X: Belgium’s Oscar Entry–Tale of Bullied Autistic Boy

Flemish helmer Nic Balthazar is planning to remake his Oscar entry, Ben X, in the U.S.  He will direct the film and is adapting the script to an American setting.

Ben X
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Theatrical release poster

MMG, which produced the original, is teaming up with Alain Chabats U.S. shingle Wamerica for the remake.

Ben X, Belgium’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, tells the story of a mildly autistic teen whose withdrawn school life contrasts sharply with his warrior persona in online fantasy games. Increasing pressure from two school bullies leads to a blurring of his two worlds.

Greg Timmermans plays a boy with Asperger syndrome, who retreats into the fantasy world of the MMORPG ArchLord to escape bullying. The film’s title is a reference to the leet version of the Dutch phrase “(ik) ben niks”, meaning “(I) am nothing.”

The novel was inspired by the true story of a boy with autism who committed suicide because of bullying.

Credits:

Directed, written by Nic Balthazar, based on his novel, “Nothing Was All He Said.”
Produced by Peter Bouckaert