Vermist sets new record
by Anne Feuillère
Released last Wednesday, Vermist [+see also:
film profile] ("Disappeared"), the latest feature by successful director Jan Verheyen (Team Spirit II, Buitenspel [+see also:
film profile]) set a new record at the Belgian box office this weekend with 61,000 admissions over five days and €341,000 grossed, outstripping the record set in recent years by Erik Van Looy’s The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
film profile] (€299,000 for the same period in 2003).
With an impressive cast made up of Flemish film stars such as Koen De Bouw, Stan Van Samang, Kevin Janssens (see interview) and Joke Devynck, Catherine Cools and Filip Peeters, Vermist describes the investigation led by the Missing Persons Unit as they search for a 16 year-old girl, Evi.
Lies, betrayal and suspense are the main ingredients in this thriller that panders to the expectations of viewers, now accustomed to various US television series attracting record audience figures. Like Storm Force 10 (see news), Vermist is a film intended for the cinema but which runs alongside a series produced for private Flemish broadcaster VT4 by the studio Eyeworks, who are making their cinematic debut.
Still showing is Nic Balthazar’s Ben X [+see also:
interview: Nic Balthazar
interview: Peter Bouckaert
film profile] (see interview with producer Peter Bouckaert), which continues to attract viewers and boasts 180,000 admissions after six weeks in Flanders and Brussels. Plop en de pinguïn by Dennis Bots, produced by Studio 100, behind a host of successful films (see news), has recorded 90,000 admissions after three weeks in cinemas.
The upshot is that last weekend the market share of local productions in Flanders reached 35%, beating the previous record of 33%, set by Team Spirit II and The Alzheimer Case in December 2003. Distributor Kinepolis Film will be delighted, as they released all three titles, which were also supported by Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF).
(Translated from French)
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