Four weeks ago, Robin Pronts ‘D’Ardennes’, the winner of the Knack Focus Jo Röpcke Award, in the Belgian cinemas. The counter for the Antwerp tinted misdaadthrillerstaat is now on a whopping 110.600 visitors, and exceeds the symbolic threshold of 100,000 viewers.
That D’Ardennes, the number of visitors it attracts may be for many, does not arrive as a surprise, but if you look at what the high flying Belgian cinemas do to the last time (the Spectre, The Martian, The Lobster) it is remarkable that the Flemish debut of Robin Pront remains. It is morning a month ago that the film premiered at the Filmfestival of Ghent and Kinepolis Film Distribution (film distributor) him a day later proposed to the public at large.
As a Flemish film, the threshold of 100,000 visitors exceeds the limit, an award handed to the director and his film crew (including producer Bart Van Langendonck) during the film Festival of Ostend. The award is made of gold (100,000 visitors), but they are also available in platinum and diamond (200,000 and 400,000 spectators).
Robin Pronts first picture is doing so well in the box office, which is already exceptional for a 29-year young debutant director, but that’s not all: the film is already sold to the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Estonia and even Israel.
Last month won Robin Pront even though the Knack Focus Jo Röpcke Award. ‘D’Ardennes provides Pront one of the best Flemish debut films of recent years”, commented Knack Focus-film critic Dave Mestdach his choice. ‘It is an attractive, accurate, directed crime drama where the glorious enthusiasm, of has left, and which Pront effortless the European auteurstraditie to the American genrecanon know to link.’
Also, read our review of D’Ardennes , and our interviews with Pront and actor Kevin Janssens.