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The Works International Scores Raft of Sales on Erik Van Looy’s Thriller ‘The Prime Minister’

Erik Van Looy’s anticipated action-packed thriller “The Prime Minister” has been sold by The Works International across a raft of territories.

Shot in English and Flemish-language feature film, the movie was picked up by Trade Media for France, DDDream for China, Aya Pro for Japan, Discovery for Former Yugoslavia and Viswas Films for India. The Works International is in negotiations with buyers from Turkey, Middle East and Italy, with deals soon to be announced.

The company previously inked deals with Square One for Germany, Flins Y Piniculas for Spain, Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) for Belgium and Dutch Film Works for Holland.

Since being theatrically released by Kinepolis Film Distribution across Belgium five weeks ago, “The Prime Minister” has grossed a healthy 2.6 million Euros at the local B.O.

The Brussels-set film follows the story of the Belgium Prime Minister who gets kidnapped while on his way to a summit meeting and is told he must kill the President of the United States in order to save his wife and children who are being held hostage.

Co-written (with Carl Joos) and directed by Van Looy (“The Alzheimer Case”), “The Prime Minister” stars Koen de Bouw (“Loft”), Dirk Roofthooft (“The Memory of a Killer”), Saskia Reeves (“Our Kind of Traitor”) and Adam Godley (“The BFG”).

The movie was produced by FBO’s Hilde De Laere (“Loft”) and co-produced with Woestijnvis and Mill Street Films with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and Screen Flanders, Screen.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of buzz about this picture and buyers have been quick to recognise its broad commercial appeal,” said Clare Crean, head of international sales.

“Van Looy has made a name for himself in the thriller genre and this slick and stylish thriller with humorous touches and a melodramatic edge certainly delivers. We are enormously pleased with its performance in Belgium and we hope audiences will continue to devour it around the world,” added Crean.

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