Dutch production co. Bergen Film goes bust

AMSTERDAM — Bergen Film, the Dutch theatrical, film and TV production company that helped back Marleen Gorris’ Oscar-winning “Antonia’s Line,” has gone bankrupt.

The company, which was also an 8% backer of Gorris’ latest directing effort “Mrs. Dalloway,” went under after it lost more than $1 million on three Dutch theatrical productions last year. Insiders in the industry say the company had, however, been in trouble for years.

A Dutch bankruptcy court, which took over administration of all assets of Bergen, has transferred “Mrs. Dalloway” and two other film projects, “The Stowaway” and “House of America,” which were already in production, to Egmond Film.

Egmond is a company that was set up by Hans De Weers, a producer and part owner of Bergen. Subsid coin from the Dutch Film Funds, which only last spring awarded Bergen another 1 million guilders ($500,000) for two new projects, has also been transferred to Egmond.

“The projects are proceeding on target, and are not being affected by the legal problems suffered by Bergen,” De Weers told Daily Variety.

Main producer on the “Mrs. Dalloway” project is the U.K.’s Elphich Limited, with New Market Capital Group in Los Angeles and Overseas Film Group. “Antonia’s Line” was a co-production project with the U.K.’s Prime Time and Brit director Judy Counihan. Bergen had a 40% interest in it.

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