EN - Everyone has secrets, his public as well as his hidden life. One of our most fundamental fears is that our secrets will one day become public and be used against us… Brussels / Belgium. Sixty-six safes are robbed during a spectacular and bloody raid on the small but influential and extremely discreet private bank, Jonkhere, in Brussels. The owners of those safes form a select club of powerful people in Belgium. The bank’s clients hold high-level positions in industry, finance, the military, the magistracy, politics, unions. Strangely enough, only the safes belonging to these powerful people were hit, and while the perpetrators took no money, they did take documents. Pandora’s box has been opened! When a police detective starts checking the files of the robbery, he must soon run for his life…
NL - Iedereen heeft zijn geheimen, heeft een publiek, maar ook een verborgen leven. Onze grootste angst is dat onze geheimen ooit bekend raken en tegen ons gebruikt worden… In de kleine, maar invloedrijke en extreem discrete private bank Jonkhere in Brussel worden, tijdens een spectaculaire en bloedige raid, 66 kluizen gekraakt. De eigenaren van deze kluizen vormen een select kransje machtshebbers van ons land. De klanten van de bank bezetten topfuncties in industrie, financiën, leger, magistratuur, politiek, syndicaten… Alleen de kluizen van dié klanten zijn gekraakt en de daders hebben geen geld, maar wèl documenten meegenomen… De “Doos van Pandora” is open! Wanneer een koppige politieagent begint te neuzen in het dossier van de bankoverval moet hij meteen rennen voor zijn leven… In de hoofdrollen namen als Filip Peeters, Koen De Bouw, Jo De Meyere, Vic De Wachter en Mike Verdrengh.
|Year of production||2012|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-12-10|
|Cast||Filip Peeters, Koen de Bouw, Jo De Meyere, Mike Verdrengh, Lucas Van Den Eynde|
|Art director||Kurt Loyens|
|Makeup||Els Van Lierde/ Ingeborg Van Eetvelde|
|Running time series||12 x 50'|
|Release format||Digi Beta|
|Other available formats||DVD|
BBC Four has acquired the rights to Flemish TV-series Salamander for its Saturday Night programme, traditionally the slot welcoming prestigious foreign productions such as The Killing and Borgen. The twelve-part political thriller, sold internationally by Beta Films, is also set for a North American remake.
BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition describes Salamander as a perfect match. ‘Salamander is a gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller. It will make a fantastic addition to our Saturday Nights on BBC Four.’
The Flemish fiction TV series Clan and Salamander are selected for the prestigious International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA 22 – 27 January) in Biarritz, France. Parade’s End, a Flemish coproduction with BBC and HBO, and the interactive TV series The Spiral are also selected for competition.
Both Clan and Parade’s End will screen in official competition at the fest. Both TV series are in the running for no less than six FIPA d’Or awards. In Clan, the four sisters Goethals plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude. He is the husband of their fifth sister and a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...
The premiere episodes of new Flemish TV series Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral together gathered an impressive total of 2.3 million viewers in Flanders. Never before have local broadcasters committed this strongly to original indigenous quality fiction. The increase in domestic TV production is a result of the new Media fund which also supported upcoming TV series such as Quiz Me Quick, Salamander and HBO/BBC’s Parade’s End.
Sunday evening 9 September saw a historic first for television in Flanders. No fewer than three original quality fiction series were counter-programmed by leading channels één and vtm: Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral. Preliminary results indicate that the three TV series attracted a total of 2,274,000 viewers. Combined with delayed viewing and a number of repeat airings, the final total number is estimated to pass 3 million viewers or half of the population of the Flanders region.
Three new projects for TV series received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) in its December round. The three series are Salamander, Clan and Zuidflank. The first two are entering their production stage, the latter received scriptwriting support.
Salamander is a new project for a twelve-part drama series by Frank Van Mechelen, the director of feature films such as The Intruder, Hell in Tangier and Germaine. It’s a political thriller about dark secrets, danger and intrigues. Production company is Skyline Entertainment which is also responsible for such TV series as Aspe and De Rodenburgs.
Last edited on 3 January 2013