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 a 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|