Nuits Sans Sommeil

Stories keep me awake at night

OFFICIAL SELECTION - PFF Black Night Film Festival - 2020LabelShortFilmMarketPicks1 - copie








Acquisition for a broadcast by Finland’s and Belgian’s national public broadcasting TV in between end of 2021 and 2024.


“Nuits sans sommeil” est le portrait d’une enfance au quotidien. Un village, une famille, un petit garçon qui aime porter des robes, le retour du loup et la vie de chaque jour, ordinaire et banale, sont la matière d’un récit qui raconte les désirs enfouis.

“Stories Keep Me Awake At Night” is the portrait of day-to-day childhood. A village, a family, a little boy who likes to wear dresses, the return of the wolf and everyday life, ordinary, banal. These elements are used to tell of hidden desires.



OFFICIAL SELECTION - PFF Black Night Film Festival - 2020“Stories Keep Me Awake At Night” marks out director Jérémy Van Der Haegen as one to watch – it’s a deeply-rewarding film, digging into our hidden desires.”

PÖFF Black Night Film festival, Rebel wit a Cause Competition 2020.

OFFICIAL SELECTION PFF Black Night Film Festival 2020 - Award for best short film - Rebel with a Cause“Jérémy van der Haegen’s film could echo deeply to many gay or queer men who lived that moment in their childhood when they were not sure about their gender belonging. But the qualities of STORIES KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT go beyond this sheer identification with the young character. It is also a matter of how the story is told, in a subdued, naturalistic and true-to-life manner. There is an uncanny quality to the storytelling style of the film that places it at a crossroad between a (cruel) fairytale and a tender coming-of-age story.”

Head of the Jury Paolo Bertolin (Cannes Director’s Fortnight and the Venice Film Festival).


Full film


Vidal Arzoni
Jessica Batut
Alyssia Desmeth
Sébastien Vion
Florian Dubois

Jérémy van der Haegen

Cinematography and camera
Thomas Schira

Sound engineer
Bruno Schweisguth

Film editing
Thomas Vandecasteele

Sound designing and Mix

Set Designer
Léo Lagarde

Costume designer
Nousch Ruellan

First director assistant
Pauline Roque

First camera assistant
Caroline Guimbal

Chief electrician
Alice Vouland

Production manager
Noémie Duclos

Location manager
Marianne Knecht

Kid Coach
Claire Delahousse

Aurélien Bodinaux (Neon rouge productions)
Jérémy van der Haegen (After Hours ASBL)

With the help of the audiovisual and cinema centre of the French community of Belgium and Walloon Television distributors and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

© NRW SPRL Neon Rouge Productions 2020