Decent results for The K File
by Aurore Engelen
17/12/2009 - All has gone smoothly for the launch of Jan Verheyen’s The K File [trailer]: number one at the box office in its first weekend on release in northern Belgium, the film has attracted over 85,000 viewers. These results are three times higher than those of its direct rival (the second Twilight instalment), and better than those of The Alzheimer Case [trailer] (The K File’s predecessor), which drew 60,000 viewers in its first weekend on release.
However, the enthusiasm shown for the film seems tame compared to that sparked by Loft [trailer] (which holds the record as best-performing Belgian film of all time) on its release just over a year ago. Although Kinepolis Film Distribution is pleased with these results, we can’t help noticing that they’re a long way from the success of Loft, which looks set to keep its crown.
The aim is thus to match the 750,000 admissions garnered by The Alzheimer Case in 2003, but we may wonder how realistic these predictions are. Indeed, in the middle of the Christmas period, audiences may opt for more family-oriented films, rather than this thriller set in the world of the Albanian mafia.
Moreover, this week’s release of Avatar on a huge number of screens, including around 20 equipped for 3D, should attract sizeable Flemish audiences.
The K File is the tenth feature by successful Flemish director Jan Verheyen. Like The Alzheimer Case, it is based on a best-selling novel by Jef Geraeerts.
Shot over this spring and summer in Spain and Belgium, The K File reunites the duo of inspectors comprising Vincke (Koen de Bouw, who appeared in last year’s Loft and has teamed up again with Verheyen after his role in the hit film Vermist [trailer]) and Verstuyft (Werner de Smedt, who was seen in Verheyen’s Alias).
(Translated from French)