EN - Ismail Abdoul is a talented young boxer on the rise and ready to make it to the top. He’s found the love of his life, Sylvie, and is making a decent living as a bouncer. But when the opportunity for more money - and more power - arises, he seizes it. In no time, he and his men control all the club doors in the city, including the drug traffic behind it.

Ismail becomes the new sensation: a living legend, both in the ring and out of it. Finally, he has the respect and love he always wanted. Blinded by success, he gradually gets caught in a web of his own lies and violent actions. The added pressure from the police drives a wedge between him and everyone he holds dear, including Sylvie.

He will have to fight the ultimate match: against himself.


Title Cool Abdoul
Original title Cool Abdoul
Original language Dutch, French, Arabic
Status In post-production
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama/biopic
Year 2020


Cast Nabil Mallat, Anemone Valcke, Johan Heldenbergh, Steef Cuijpers
Photography Martijn Van Broekhuizen
Editing Fatih Tura
Sound Simone Galavazi
Art director Merijn Sep
Costume Nathalie Leborgne
Makeup Patricia Grant

Technical specs

Running time film 100
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Ghent City Marketing, Creative Europe, Dutch Film Fund, Centre du Cinema
Production partners N279 Entertainment (NL), Beluga Tree (BE)
Tax shelter partners Belga Productions

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Last edited by Potemkino on 10 March 2020

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Director Jonas Baeckeland
Producers Peter De Maegd, Lize Lefaible
Writers Jonas Baeckeland, Wouter Van Haver, Fikry El Azzouzi

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