Novel adaptation to shoot this summer

Isabella Rossellini and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) will star with leading Dutch actor Fedja van Huêt (Loft) and 13-year-old Thomas Simon in The Zigzag Kid. Vincent Bal (Minoes) is writing and directing the film, based on the book by acclaimed Israeli writer David Grossman. Shooting will start this summer.

The Zigzag Kid is about 13-year-old Nono, who wants to be like his father, ‘the world’s greatest police inspector’, but constantly gets himself into trouble. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle Sjmoel to be set straight. Once on the train, he is given a last chance to prove himself. Together with notorious criminal Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father, he travels to the French Riviera and enters a world of disguises, crazy pursuits, chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono’s life.

Burghart Klaussner will play Felix Glick while Rossellini will play Lola Ciperola, a famous singer from Nice. Fedja van Huêt will play Nono’s father. Thirteen-year-old Thomas Simon makes his film debut as Nono. The Zigzag Kid is a joint production of Dutch companies BosBros and N279 Entertainment, in co-production with Belgium company Prime Time. Vincent Bal has worked with BosBros before, directing Minoes.

The Zigzag Kid
will be shot this summer in various locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. In 2012, Benelux Film Distributors will release the film in Dutch and Belgian cinemas. Dutch broadcasting station AVRO is also backing the project.

A sales agent is expected to be announced shortly.