Belgians flock to ‘Any Way’

Pic draws 14,000 admissions in first week

BRUSSELS — Belgian local productions got a much-needed boost this week as helmer Tom Barman’s feature debut “Any Way The Wind Blows” opened strongly in the country.

Barman is well known in the country as the frontman of Belgian rock outfit Deus.

Pic, distributed by Cinéart, scored 14,000 admissions in its first week of general release on 12 screens from June 18-25. This makes it the strongest Belgian-produced opener of the last 12 months.

Pic follows the escapades of eight people on a hot Friday afternoon in Antwerp, before they head off to a party in the evening. Produced by Corridor, it gained financial support from orgs like funding body the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, which stumped up about half a million euros ($0.57m). Other backers included the EU, pubcasters RTBF and VRT and commercial broadcaster Canal Plus Flanders.

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Recent Belgian hits have been few and far between. However, Christian de Schutter of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund told Daily Variety that org intends to reverse this trend with an impressive slate of new productions. These include Erik Van Looy’s “The Alzheimer Case,” and Felix van Groeningen’s debut “Steve & Sky,” both of which are now in production.