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BOX OFFICE Netherlands

Sinterklaas a gift for local films

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Just like in neighbouring Flanders (see news), the Dutch box office results for the second part of 2007 were excellent for local films, with the romantic comedy Love is All [+see also:
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(Alles is liefde) attracting over one million admissions after eight weeks at the top of the charts.

It took last year’s hit Black Book [+see also:
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ten weeks longer to reach the same number of visitors. Both films were released by A-Film.

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Love is All is directed by Joram Lürsen (In Orange) and written by actress Kim van Kooten (Little Sister/Zusje) and tells several interconnected tales of love set in the period leading up to Sinterklaas, the Dutch “Santa Claus” celebrations at the beginning of December. Like its English cousin Love Actually [+see also:
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, Love is All is stuffed to the rafters with well-known local talent, including Black Book’s Carice van Houten.

The film, currently still playing in 93 theatres, was produced by CV Love is All in co-production with Motel Films, Fu Works, Kemna & Sons and Dutch broadcaster VARA.

Motel Films has already sold the remake rights to the Belgian company MMG, who will produce not one but two remakes: one for the Flemish and one for the French-speaking market. Motel expects to close deals for other territories soon.

The other local hit of the season is also Sinterklaas-themed: Where is Winky’s Horse, the follow-up to Mischa Kamp’s Winky’s Horse [+see also:
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. The film was again written by Tamara Bos and has achieved excellent results, clocking up over €2.2 million in tickets sales since its release nine weeks ago.

Like its predecessor, it stars Flemish veteran actor Jan Decleir in a key role and was produced by Bos Bros. and released by the Dutch arm of Warner Bros.

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