Thanks to our friends at MovieSet, we are giving away Ben X movie tickets for a special screening April 16 @ Vancouver's Fifth Avenue Cinemas PLUS copies of the video game Archlord featured in the film!!!
Ben X is a 2007 Belgian film about an autistic boy (Greg Timmermans) who retreats into the fantasy world of the video game Archlord to escape bullying.
The film won three awards at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival: the Grand Prix des Amériques, the Prix du Public for the most popular film and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for its exploration of ethical and social values.
The movie was also Belgian entry for the Academy Awards 2007 in the category Best Foreign Language Film.
"...Ben (Greg Timmermans) is different. He never speaks, except to his mother and to his little brother. He gets high grades, but is viewed as “Frankenstein” and “the Martian” by classmates at the high school he attends. Ben’s only solace is the time he spends playing his favourite online computer game Archlord, where he can be the fearless hero slaying enemies left and right. Ben tries hard to train himself for the real world he lives in. The harsh world of a technical school is for him a daily kind of living hell.
Ben X is a powerful figure in the world of ArchLord. He is everything that the teenage Ben is not. As the horror of being a daily subject to bullying grows, Ben devises a plan. Then Scarlite (Laura Verlinden), the girl he has met in his on-line game, appears in the real-world to point the way. That wasn’t part of the plan... Together, they concoct the ultimate end-game...".
Ben X marks Nic Balthazar’s film directorial debut. It is adapted from his 2002 novel "Niets was alles wat hij zei" ("Nothing Was All He Said") and his stage play inspired by actual events.
In the role-playing computer game ArchLord by Codemasters, a number of scenes were shot online with several gamers playing entire scenes with virtual characters on the basis of directives given by Balthazar. These scenes were subsequently integrated with live-action.
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