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Filming begins for Dode Hoek: Nabil Ben Yadir’s return to Belgian soil

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- The director has just begun filming his third feature film, set in the cities of Antwerp and Charleroi

Filming begins for Dode Hoek: Nabil Ben Yadir’s return to Belgian soil
Peter Van den Begin and Nabil Ben Yadir during the shoot for Dode Hoek

It’s a coming home of sorts for the Brussels-born director Nabil Ben Yadir, after his last project La Marche [+see also:
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, a large-scale French production starring Jamel Debbouze and retelling the events of the Beurs’ March, which shook France during the winter of 1983/1984. Ben Yadir first made a name for himself seven years ago with the dazzlingly successful Les Barons [+see also:
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, a social comedy that gave top billing to the North African community in Brussels; it blasted clichés to smithereens and showed a side of Brussels seldom seen in cinemas. An enormous public success, the film attracted more than 170,000 viewers.

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Dode Hoek [+see also:
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(lit. “Blind Spot”) marks a clear change in style for the director. Ben Yadir doesn’t allow himself to get locked into clichés nor the confines of genre. The film is slated as a thriller, focusing on the character of Jan Verbeek, a former Antwerp police superintendent who has become a strong voice in a populist political party he is a part of. His rise to power on the political landscape, based on his radical speeches, places him at the very heart of the political and police system – which he reigns over until the day his past is once again brought to light.  

Featuring actors such as Peter Van den Begin (Waste Land [+see also:
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), Jan Decleir (Les Barons, A Perfect Match, The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
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), Soufiane Chilah (Black [+see also:
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) and David Murgia (The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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, The First, The Last [+see also:
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), the film cements its status as a resolutely Belgian film, both linguistically and geographically speaking. 

Dode Hoek is being produced by Benoît Roland for Wrong Men (Prejudice [+see also:
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, Parasol
 [+see also:
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), Nabil Ben Yadir for Antilope Joyeuse and Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, to whom we owe the success of films such as The Verdict [+see also:
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, Marina
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and The Alzheimer Case. The film is being supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Screen Flanders and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Dode Hoek is expected to be released nationally in late January 2017 and will be distributed in Belgium by Kinepolis Film Distribution.

(Translated from French)

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