Camping Cosmos

Camping Cosmos is a 1996 Belgian satirical comedy film and a sequel to La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978, directed by the same director: Jan Bucquoy. It stars Claude Semal, Lolo Ferrari (Miss Vandeputte), Noël Godin (Pierre Mertens), Herman Brusselmans (Herman) and Arno (Harry).[1]

Camping Cosmos
Miss Vandeputte (Lolo Ferrari) and Mister Vandeputte, owners of Camping Cosmos.
Screenshot: Miss Vandeputte and Mister Vandeputte, owners of Camping Cosmos.
Directed byJan Bucquoy
Written byJan Bucquoy
Produced byFrancis De Smet
StarringLolo Ferrari
Noël Godin
Arno Hintjens
Jan Decleir
Herman Brusselmans
CinematographyMichel Baudour
Edited byMatyas Veress
Music bySerge Gainsbourg
Vera Lynn
George Gershwin
Distributed byTransatlantic Films Brussels
Release date
  • 1996 (1996)
Running time
88 minutes

The movie's tagline is: Revolution, football, beer and frites. It is an unconventional and non-conformist story of the sexual habits of Belgians. Cosmos refers to the eternity of heaven in full contrast with this little campsite where so many people live together with their problems and limited view of the world. It also refers to the Russian cosmonauts who explored space, but who as communists did not believe in an afterworld. And last, the name of this Campsite Cosmos is referring to the sky without limit above the heads of its residents.[2] The picture became a cult film.[3]


The summer of 1986.[4] On a campsite at the Belgian coast - where everybody wants to live in complete freedom and forget the obligations of everyday life - Jan Bucquoy, the delegate of the Ministry of Culture, must bring culture nearer to the working class. He presents things like Bertolt Brecht's play, Mother Courage and Her Children or an interview with the famous writer Pierre Mertens, but the vacationers at this caravan park are more interested in low-brow distractions, like soccer, boxing matches or beauty contests, as well as sexual adventures and temporary romances. One of the actors is dressed up to resemble Tintin.[5]



The production was entirely in the hands of Transatlantic Films and its director Francis De Smet. Because of the refusal of the Flemish Government to raise the capital fund of the equivalent of 200.000 Euro at that time, the film had a substantial delay and was not ready in time for the Cannes Film Festival of 1996. This had consequences for the release later in Belgium. The film could not be released before 1997 in Paris.


The film was at the origin of a controversy about the policy of Flemish state subsidizing films not least because of the presence of main actress Lolo Ferrari.[6]


  1. ^ "Jan Bucquoy - Lambiek Comiclopedia".
  2. ^ The Bulletin 20, 1996, article by P. L. Smith.
  3. ^ "Jan Bucquoy - Lambiek Comiclopedia".
  4. ^ "Jan Bucquoy - Lambiek Comiclopedia".
  5. ^ "Jan Bucquoy - Lambiek Comiclopedia".
  6. ^ "Jan Bucquoy - Lambiek Comiclopedia".

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