Admiral is a “golden film”
by Vitor Pinto
- Roel Reiné’s Dutch epic starring Frank Lammers has reached pole position at the local box office
Released on 29 January, the Dutch epic Admiral [+see also:
film profile] by Roel Reiné has been seen by over 100,000 people in less than a week and is now leading the Dutch box-office chart. The success was impressive enough to earn the adventure feature the Golden Film Award, a trophy presented by the Netherlands Film Festival and the Netherlands Film Fund to national productions that attain 100,000 admissions.
The film revolves around real-life figure Michiel de Ruyter, who was one of the greatest innovators in combat engineering of the 17th century. He is also a Dutch national naval hero famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars and is played by 42-year-old actor Frank Lammers in the €8 million big-screen production.
A-Film distributed the movie in over 130 theatres, in two versions: one for over-12s and a different one for over-16s. The latter includes eight seconds of additional images that were judged too shocking for younger audiences.
Admiral is not the only Dutch title doing well at the local box office. After the US SpongeBob film, which is in second position, Will Koopman’s comedy Viper’s Nest 2 [+see also:
film profile] (see the news) has reached third place; it is still screening in over 100 venues and is hoping to beat the record (1.9 million viewers) set by the first Viper’s Nest. Meanwhile, Jon Karthaus’ comedy Homies was the fourth most-seen film in the Netherlands last weekend.