Sinterklaas a gift for local films
by Boyd van Hoeij
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:
film profile] (Alles is liefde) attracting over one million admissions after eight weeks at the top of the charts.
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:
film profile], Love is All is stuffed to the rafters with well-known local talent, including Black Book’s Carice van Houten.
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:
film profile]. 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.
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