Van Hoogenbemt wraps up shooting
by Anne Feuillère
18/12/2006 - Filming on Man zoekt Vrouw (Pas sérieux, s’abstenir) (lit. “Man Seeks Woman”) by Miel Van Hoogenbemt, which began on November 6, is expected to end this week.
Prolific actor Jan Decleir plays Léopold, a rather cold and selfish retired high school headmaster, not eager to stay on his own after retirement. He begins to search for a woman to look after his house… and to satisfy his need for affection.
With his neighbour, Julien, he sets out on a search for this “ideal wife”, and when a 25 year-old cleaning lady (Maria Popistasu) turns up – recently arrived from Belarus and visibly pregnant – the old grouch finally realises what he was looking for: love. Also starring Wim Opbrouck and Manuela Servais, Man zkt. Vrouw is produced by A Private View, the company behind Van Hoogenbemt’s previous film. The young and dynamic production studio produced the 2005 box office hit The Long Weekend (a massive local box office hit with over 100,000 admissions, see news).
The film was scripted and produced by Pierre de Clercq (scriptwriter for recent title Storm Force 10, the series "Fliken" and The Long Weekend) and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem (who wrote Crusade in Jeans [trailer]).
Despite recent rumours, Flanders and Wallony are in close collaboration, as the title is being co-produced by francophone outfit Artémis Productions.
The film carries a total budget of €1.8m, including co-production financing from Dutch outfit Egmond Film and Television, tax shelter funding, and support from Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Vlaamse Gemeenschaps Commissie, television channel VTM, as well as from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française (of up to €150,000).
Kinepolis Film Distribution will handle the film’s Belgian release, while negotiations on world sales are currently underway.
(Translated from French)