New Kids on the block again
The Dutch phenomenon New Kids, which got their start online and then in a local Comedy Central TV series, finally reached the big screen in December last year, with the feature New Kids Turbo [+see also:
film profile]. That film sold over 1.1 million tickets and was also a sizeable hit in neighbouring Germany, where it was the number-one film of the week when it was released last April.
The five unemployed and foul-mouthed slackers from the southern village of Maaskantje are now back for the inevitable sequel, New Kids Nitro [+see also:
film profile], which hits an impressive 112 screens today, courtesy of Benelux Film Distributors (BFD).
Again written and directed by the duo Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil, who also play the characters Robbie and Barrie, respectively, the film looks at the quintet with a post-modern wink, as the success story of the first film has caused curious visitors to arrive at Maaskantje.
The rivalry with the neighbouring town of Schijndel also again flares up — the small burgh was bombed in the first film but no matter — and somewhere in the plot there’s also room for a northern zombie invasion, just a month before the release of the multicultural 'zomedy' Zombibi, from directors Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof.
New Kids Nitro is again an Eyeworks Film & TV production, in association with Comedy Central. BFD also released the film in Flanders this week, while Constantin Film will release the German dub on January 5.
Other European releases to hit Dutch screens this week includes Hysteria [+see also:
film profile] (29 screens); Carnage [+see also:
film profile] (24 screens); Anonymous [+see also:
interview: Rhys Ifans
interview: Roland Emmerich
interview: The cast of Roland Emmerich…
film profile] (15 screens); Twigson Ties the Knot (also 15 screens); King of Devil’s Island [+see also:
film profile] (ten screens) and local documentaries About Canto (8 screens) and Daughters of Malakeh (one screen).
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