Marc Punt starts shooting Pippa
by Aurore Engelen
- The Bowling Balls and Frits & Franky director is filming his fifth feature, starring Nathalie Meskens, Tom Van Dyck and Bart de Pauw
Pippa is a comedy about marital strife, following a turbulent divorce. After five years of marriage, Pippa and Glenn cannot stand each other any more, but the separation of goods causes a number of problems, and the more or less well-intentioned interventions from friends and family aren’t really helping anything. Cornered, Pippa is just about ready to do anything to rid herself of Glenn…
Pippa is played by Nathalie Meskens in her first lead role. The actress has been seen working with Marc Punt before (in Bowling Balls) and has also appeared in Lee & Cindy C [+see also:
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film profile]. An actress, comedienne, singer and TV host, she is best known to Flemish audiences for her roles in successful television series (such as Kate & Co and David). Alongside her feature Tom Van Dyck, also known for his numerous television roles and who has graced the big screen in Safety First [+see also:
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film profile], an adaptation of the film of the same name, the Flemish film industry's biggest success to date, and who has appeared in several television series as well), playing the role of Pippa’s boss. This will be his first major role in cinema.
The shoot has just kicked off and is scheduled to wrap in July. Pippa is being produced by Independent Productions, in co-production with private television channel VTM, and has received support from the Tax Shelter. With a cast geared for success, the film is looking at a Christmas 2016 release, distributed by Independent Films. Bowling Balls was released during the same period in 2014 and attracted an audience of 150,000, a fantastic result for a Flemish film that wasn’t supported by any official institutions, nor the clout of Kinepolis.
(Translated from French)