Koen Mortier

A man leads a double life. He’s still married to his first wife, where he feels at home. But he’s also married to another, younger woman with whom he has a child. By day, the man lives in one house, at night he lives in the other, and in between, somewhere in a gas station, he makes the switch. The situation tears him apart. He often gets anxiety attacks, which happens mostly in the ‘new house’. Coincidence will determine the future in a fatal manner. 

Playing Away from Home is part of an international project initiated by Daniel Gruener, a renowned Mexican director. He asked a group of international directors (including Gaspar Noé & Vincent Gallo) to make a short film that expresses their vision on and feelings for football.

Director – Koen Mortier
Writer – Koen Mortier
Producers – Lander Engels & Eurydice Gysel (Czar Film & Tv)
Cinematographer – Menno Mans
Editor – Martin Leroy
Art Director – Yves Verstraete
Cast – François Beukelaers, Leen Persyn & Kristine Van Pellicom

Bio Director
Koen Mortier has been active in the film world as an author, director and producer. He set his first step into the film industry with 2 shorts: ‘Ana Temnei’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Work’. In 2007 Koen directed ‘Ex Drummer’, which received many festival selections and prizes and was sold to more than 20 countries. Three years later his second film followed: ‘22nd of May’ that also won prizes and was sold to 10 countries. Koen directed a 7’-short ‘Playing away from Home’. It was part of the worldwide project ‘Short Plays’. His third feature film ‘Angel’ has been released at TIFF 2018. Currently, he has undertaken 2 ambitious projects: Voices Of Liberation, an 11 part docu-series about WW2, and Skunk, a feature film about mistreated children and revenge based off of the book ‘Skunk’ by Geert Taghon.


  • Belgian premiere at Brussel Film Festival, 2015
  • Released for Daniel Gruener for Arte Mexicana Producciones, 2014
  • Selected for Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, 2015
  • Selected for International Film Festival Vilnius, 2015
  • Selected for Raindance Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2015
  • Selected for Cine Fiesta, Puerto Rico, 2015

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