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Van Mechelen phenomenon

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While nine new films – four US, two Asian and three European – hit Belgian screens today, Frank Van Mechelen’s De hel van Tanger [+see also:
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continues its box office success, now in its fifth week of release (see news).

On Monday, De hel van Tanger [+see also:
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drew an impressive 100,800 admissions and is still playing on the 33 screens on which it was originally distributed by KFD.

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With a quite exceptional start in pole position all throughout Belgium, in Flanders the film is in second positionm just after Ice Age 2, and has grossed €150,169 at the box office after only three weeks. The film is thus a success for the Mechelen-Skyline partnership, and one that could well surpass the most popular title of 2005, Mechelen’s previous film, The Intruder.

This week’s European releases include Cabaret Paradis, which is being distributed on the same day in Belgium and France (see news) by Les Films de L'Elysée; and a French/Canadian co-production from Flach Film, Les Fils de Marie, by Canadian singer Carole Laure, which is finally being released three years after its completion thanks to the Coopérative Nouveau Cinéma.

Also opening today is a title distributed by Imagine Film Distribution, renowned for its new and intelligent auteur films. Unveiled [+see also:
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, from young director Angelina Maccarone, tells the story of an Iranian lesbian who flees to Germany in order to escape persecution in her own country. (see news).

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(Translated from French)

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