Speaking on the opening day of the Netherlands Film Festival (21-30 September) in Utrecht, company M-D Pim Hermeling revealed that he has pre-bought Only Decent People, the new film from IDTV producer Frans van Gestel (a guest of honour at the festival this year.)
The film, directed by Lodewijk Crijns, is based on the best-selling book by Robert Vuijsje. It stars Jeroen Krabbé and Geza Weisz. Described by the producers as “an apolitical and irreligious film about the clash between social and cultural classes,” it is about a young Jewish man from a wealthy family who is obsessed by “black beauties with huge boobs and bums.’
Van Gestel produces alongside his partner Jeroen Beker. Currently shooting, the film is due to be released in the Netherlands in spring 2012.
Another new acquisition is The Broken Circle Breakdown, the new feature from highly feted young Flemish auteur Felix Van Groeningen (La Mertitude Des Choses.) This is currently shooting and is also produced by IDTV’s van Gestel alongside Dirk Impens.
Hermeling has also given further details of his Toronto acquisitions.
- Distributor: Wild Bunch
These include new Tony Kaye film Detachment, starring Adrien Brody, which Hermeling bought in Toronto from Celluloid Dreams, Runar Runarsson’s Volcano, bought from TrustNordisk, and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea from Protagonist.
Wild Bunch Benelux has also pre-bought Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomanic from TrustNordisk.
Other recent Wild Bunch Benelux acquisitions include Elles, starring Juliette Binoche (from Memento), and Albert Nobbs (from West End.) The company enjoyed a box-office hit in the Netherlands recently with its release of Von Trier’s Melancholia.