Dutch TV series try their luck on the big screen
by Boyd van Hoeij
- Two adaptations of Dutch TV series are being released in cinemas today
The film version of the Dutch TV series Toen was geluk heel gewoon [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “When Happiness Was Still the Norm”), which aired between 1993 and 2009, finally hits screens today in the Netherlands.
Directed by Ineke Houtman from a screenplay by Lars Blom, the film is set in 1974, after the Dutch football team lost to its arch-rival, West Germany, in the World Cup.
As the title suggests, nostalgia has always been a big part of the series, which was originally based on the US programme The Honeymooners but then branched off in its own direction, with each of the seasons set a year apart, from 1959 through to 1974.
Also premiering this week is the animated film Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “Pim & Pom: The Great Adventure”), based on the animated TV series that was, in turn, inspired by the work of the late illustrator Fiep Westendorp. The film further continues the adventures of the two titular cats, one white with black stripes and very curious, the other entirely black and very cautious.
A-Film Benelux has released the film, directed by Gioia Smid, in an impressive 107 theatres. Canadian outfit Attraction Distribution is handling international sales.
A trio of European films will also be attempting to conquer Dutch audiences this week: Entertainment One Benelux releases the French biopic Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
interview: Jalil Lespert
film profile] on 36 screens; Lumière will try to strike gold with Danish thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
interview: Eugenio Mira
film profile], out in 18 cinemas; and Italian political satire Viva la libertà [+see also:
interview: Roberto Andò
film profile] is out on nine screens, courtesy of distributor Imagine.
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