New record for Flemish cinema
by Anne Feuillère
With 1.135 million admissions, audience figures for Flemish Belgian cinema have risen 25% compared to 2006 (920,524 admissions) and have beaten the last record to date, of 2003, when The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
film profile], Team Spirit 2 and Any Way the Wind Blows [+see also:
film profile], among other films, made it possible for Flemish films to reach audience figures of over one million.
Five Flemish Belgian films attracted more than 100,000 viewers this year. Two films have already exceeded the 200,000 mark: Dominique Deruddere’s Firmin [+see also:
film profile] (219,721 admissions) and Nic Balthazar’s Ben X [+see also:
interview: Nic Balthazar
interview: Peter Bouckaert
film profile], which has so far garnered 253,473 admissions (see news).
Also showing is children’s film Plop en de Pinguin by Matthias Temmermans (116,159 admissions), soon to be joined by the latest K3 sequel, K3 en de kattenprins, which will be released on December 19 by Kinepolis Film Distribution. The company will continue its winning streak, as their catalogue includes six of the top ten highest-grossing films in this listing.
Miel Van Hoogenbempt’s A Perfect Match garnered 119,097 admissions, Micha Kamp’s Where Is Winky’s Horse?, another family film, attracted 62,259 viewers and two Flemish New Wave films achieved success internationally and impressed domestic audiences: Felix Von Groeningen’s With Friends Like These [+see also:
interview: Felix van Groeningen
film profile] with audience figures of 43,500 (see interview) and Koen Mortier’s Ex-Drummer [+see also:
film profile] with 21,574 admissions.
Lastly, Stijn Coninx’s documentary To Walk Again garnered 18,024 admissions and Marion Hansel’s Francophone co-production Sounds of Sand [+see also:
film profile], 17,965 admissions.
(Translated from French)
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