Young Hearts

Junge Herzen
In the middle of the school year, 14-year-old Elias meets his new neighbour Alexander, a boy from Brussels who seems self-confident and headstrong. The two quickly hit it off. Alexander asks Elias if he has a girlfriend – and reveals without hesitation that he’s into boys himself. Elias enjoys spending time with Alexander but keeps his burgeoning feelings to himself. Afraid of the reactions of those around him, he becomes entangled in a web of lies until he no longer knows how to extricate himself apart from to push Alexander away. Elias feels completely alone. However, after a heartfelt conversation with his grandfather about how much he loved his deceased wife, Elias realises that love is too precious to let it slip away. He has to find a way to win Alexander back...
by Anthony Schatteman
with Lou Goossens, Marius De Saeger, Geert Van Rampelberg, Emilie De Roo, Dirk Van Dijck
Belgium / Netherlands 2024 Dutch, French 97’ Colour World premiere | Debut film recommendation: 11 years and up


  • Lou Goossens (Elias)
  • Marius De Saeger (Alexander)
  • Geert Van Rampelberg (Luk)
  • Emilie De Roo (Nathalie)
  • Dirk Van Dijck (Fred)


Director Anthony Schatteman
Screenplay Anthony Schatteman
Cinematography Pieter Van Campe
Editing Emiel Nuninga
Music Ruben De Gheselle
Sound Design Rosanne Blokker, Meghan van der Meer
Sound Laurens Desmet
Production Design Kato Bulteel
Costumes Gudrun Wylleman
Make-Up Jacqueline Hoogendijk, Chinouk Meu
Casting Sien Josephine Teijssen
Producer Xavier Rombaut
Executive Producer Jan Ryvers
Co-Producers Floor Onrust, Annabella Nezri
Co-Production Family Affair Films Amsterdam
Kwassa Films Brüssel

Anthony Schatteman

The director’s films focus on the world of young people and their relationships, shaped by their awakening sexuality. Paying great attention to emotions that are difficult to express, he portrays universal characters with whom it is easy to identify. His debut short film Kiss Me Softly won awards at film festivals around the world. Four more shorts followed. Between 2020 and 2022, he directed four drama series, including the Irish series Northern Lights. He is making his feature debut with Young Hearts.


2012 Kus me zachtjes (Kiss Me Softly) 2015 Volg me (Follow Me) 2016 Dag Vreemde Man (Hello, Stranger) 2017 Petit Ami 2021 L’Homme Inconnu 2023 Northern Lights; series, episodes 5–6 2024 Young Hearts

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024