The guests attach to the cafe. It is a second home for many, and for many, Julia has a mother-like, caring role. The guests take turns helping her with difficult tasks. She also sells food and stuff in the café, not so much to earn extra but as a service to the guests. The book and the film show different sides of this community.
Café Bostella is about persistence and loyalty in the face of quickly changing society and vanishing folk pub culture.
|Credits:||Paul van der Stap: photos; Elisa Veini: essay; Lex Reitsma: book design|
|Financial support by:||Province of Antwerp;
The municipality of Essen
|Special thanks to:||Julia van den Bergh and family, Angèle van der Stap, LECA, CineCrowd, and all regular guests of Café Bostella|