Bowling Balls, a big-engine comedy
by Aurore Engelen
- Mark Punt makes the most of the end-of-year festivities to release his new black comedy, Bowling Balls, gang wars in a land of Flemish Hells Angels
Today sees the release in Belgium, or rather in Flanders of Bowling Balls, the new movie by Mark Punt. Mark Punt began his career in the 80s by founding, with Jan Verheyen, the distribution company Independent Films, firmly established in the Benelux countries. Since 200 the company has been located in the Netherlands where it notably distributes the Twilight and Hunger Games sagas. Building on their success and market science, the two former associates tried their hand at realising their project. While Jan Verheyen is to thank for some of the popular Flemish cinema hits in recent years (The Verdict [+see also:
film profile], Zot van A., Dossier K [+see also:
film profile], Team Spirit), Mark Punt too has developed a career as producer, screenwriter and director, for both TV and cinema. Thus in the winter of 2013, his last movie, Frits & Franky (the sequel to Frits & Freddy, 350,000 viewers, that he had previously written and produced) succeeded in attracting almost 180,000 viewers. But this career is forged outside of the subsidy circuit, with private financing primarily (although Bowling Balls received support from Screen Flanders, the Flemish regional investment funds).
Indeed, Mark Punt works within a purely mainstream film register. Bowling Balls narrates the clash between two motorcycle gangs; the Bowling Balls and the Banana Knights, not the most intelligent of characters. Between rumbles, guns, big engines and pretty young dolls, a Romeo and Juliette syndrome is inevitable, Gino falls in love with Tina, and the two sides will come face to face again around this impossible love. The end-of-year holiday season generally works well for Flemish films, and the promise of black humour from Bowling Balls coupled with thirty copies could certainly complete the local films box-office for 2014.
(Translated from French)