“Celine” is an original story created by Thomas
Sundström (director, writer and composer).
The story was made up inspired by a short note in Barbara Tuchmans
great work “ August 1914”.
In a few sentences the text mentions a young Belgian, a five months old
baby - Felix Fivet, who was executed by the
Germans as a “member the Belgian resistance”.
The story of Celine, the mother of Felix, was purly fictional, but
turned out to have strange similarities to the events taking place in
the first month of World War 1.
It is 1913, on the eve of war. Celine lives with her father Frederic
and her brother Pascal in the Belgian town of Dinant. Emile, a German,
comes to town; and after hearing Celine sing in Church he is determined
to meet her. They fall in love, to Frederic´s dismay; and after a
bitter quarrel with her father, Celine runs away with Emile. When Emile
leaves Dinant, Celine is carrying his child.
She gives birth to a son, Felix; but Frederic refuses to accept his
At he same time Emile is marching with the German army which invades
When they reach Dinant he deserts to find Celine and their child…