Thriller claims $9.3 million at local box office

BRUSSELS — Psychological thriller “Loft” has become the most successful local film ever in Belgium, overtaking 1990 comedy “Koko Flanel.”

Dutch-language pic is still going strong 17 weeks after bowing on Belgian screens, promising further growth on visitor figures already nudging 1.1 million. Distributor Independent Films claims a box office of Euros 7.3 million ($9.3 million) to date.

Helmed by Erik Van Looy, “Loft” tells the story of five married men who keep a luxury apartment for romantic liaisons. When a dead girl is found hand-cuffed to the bed, accusations fly and plots are hatched to avoid discovery.

Pic has yet to begin its international career. Independent will release in Holland, while Atlas Film and Kadokawa have picked up rights for Germany and Japan, but no firm releases dates have been set.

According to The Works International, handling sales from London, interest has also been shown from Italy, Spain, Korea and Eastern Europe.

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