Flemish filmmaker Tom Barman's feature debut Any Way The Wind Blows has become the strongest opener in Belgium in the last year, clocking up around 14,000 admissions on 12 screens for distributor Cineart since its release on June 18.
A combination of good reviews, excellent word-of-mouth and the song Summer's Here climbing the charts drew audiences despite the sweltering temperatures.
Barman's success comes at a time when Flemish cinema is experiencing a boom in production. Principal photography has recently wrapped on Erik Van Looy's crime drama The Alzheimer Case, while shooting has just begun on Jan Verheyen's latest instalment in the Team Spirit film and television franchise, Team Spirit II, and on Felix Van Groeningen's directorial debut, Steve & Sky.
In addition, production is set to start before the end of the summer on Oscar-nominated Dirk Belien's feature debut The Kriegel Sisters (working title), Rudi Van Den Bossche's adaptation of the Willy & Wanda comic strip adventure The Dark Diamond as well as Wayn Traub's Maria Dolores; The Kiss by Hilde Van Mieghem; Six by Christophe Van Rompaey; and Connected by Pieter Van Hees.