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Country Focus: Belgium

Belgian box-office 2012: a slightly off-colour year

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Belgian box-office 2012: a slightly off-colour year

- The yearly VAF balance-sheet gives a detailed summary of the situation, all languages combined, of admissions for Belgian films in Belgium in 2012. As usual, the results are very different depending on whether the numbers relate to films in French or Dutch.  

On the French side, the CCA's last balance-sheet (news and article) looked promising with good results scored by films by Belgian directors on the “broader” Francophone territory (ie. Belgium and France). In total, in 2012, those films drew 1,500,000 spectators (including more than 180,000 in Belgium). The box-office hit, Ernest & Célestine [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Renner, Vincent Pa…
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]
, released in December, tops the bill on both sides of the border, with nearly 730,000 admissions in France, and 62,000 in Belgium. It is also worth mentioning the good performance chalked up by Joachim Lafosse’s latest film, Our Children [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
 (150,000 admissions in France, 35,000 in Belgium), that of Mobile Home [+see also:
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 by François Pirot and Miles From Anywhere [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Duculot
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]
 by Pierre Duculot, which both attracted more than 13,000 viewers. 

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On the Dutch-language side, 1.72 million spectators went to see a Flemish Belgian (co-)production at the cinema in 2012. Which is 100,000 fewer than in 2011. While overall attendance is falling, the proportion of receipts for author films has nevertheless risen. The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
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interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
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]
 (photo) by Felix van Groeningen is the 2012 box-office champion with 355,313 spectators (still showing, it has now reached 393,000 viewers). The film has therefore joined the Top Ten of the most successful Flemish Belgian films since the year 2000. Time of My Life [+see also:
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by Nic Balthazar (186,429 viewers) and K3 bengeltjes [+see also:
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 (169,271) respectively occupy the second and third places on that list. Consequently, the market share of Flemish Belgian cinema was 9.35% in 2012 (versus 8.29% in 2011). It is also worth noting that three films with majority funding from the VAF entered the box-office's Top Five of the most widely viewed Belgian movies in France: Sammy's Great Escape [+see also:
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(3.3 million spectators), Come as You Are [+see also:
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interview: Geoffrey Enthoven
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]
(144,890) and Bullhead [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Bart Van Langendonck
interview: Michaël R. Roskam
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]
 (91,160). 

 

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