EN - Five married men share a secret: a spacious loft, in which they can quietly receive and entertain their lovers and latest conquests. It’s a great deal until, one winter morning, they discover the body of a young woman. No one knows who she is or how she got there. When the five try to find out what happened and why, they soon begin to suspect one another. It also becomes clear that they know far less about each other than they initially thought.

FR - Cinq hommes mariés partagent un secret: un loft spacieux, dans lequel ils peuvent recevoir leurs amours et dernières conquêtes à l’abri des regards. C’est un plan parfait, jusqu’à ce que, un matin d’hiver, ils découvrent le corps sans vie d’une jeune femme. Aucun d’entre eux ne sait qui elle est et comment elle est arrivée là. Alors que les cinq amis essaient de découvrir ce qu’il s’est passé et pourquoi, très vite, ils commencent à se suspecter l’un et l’autre. Il devient évident qu’ils se connaissent beaucoup moins bien que ce qu’ils le pensaient.


Title Loft
Original title Loft
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2008


Cast Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters, Bruno Vanden Broecke, Koen De Graeve, Matthias Schoenaerts, Veerle Baetens, Marie Vinck, An Miller, Tine Reymer, Wine Dierickx, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Laura Verlinden, Gène Bervoets, Jan Decleir, Sara De Roo, Dirk Roofthooft
Photography Danny Elsen
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Music Wolfram de Marco

Technical specs

Running time film 118'
Release format 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2010: European Film Festival Palić (SRB) / Europees filmfestival (THA) / Scanorama - European Film Forum (LTU) / Festival Du Cinéma Européen (RL) / Festival Du Cinéma Belge (BE)


2009: Shortlist European Academy Award (European Film Awards Bochum) /  Best Photograpy (Gotham Screen Film Festival) / Beste Film (Humo’s Pop Poll de Luxe) /  Beste Film (ooit) (PRIME Star Award) / Entertainment Awards voor Beste Film (Vlaamse Entertainment Awards)

Universal sets US release date for The Loft

Hollywood major Universal has announced its US release date for The Loft, the American remake of Bart De Pauw and Erik Van Looy’s successful film Loft. The film is set for a grand release on 29 August 2014 in the United States and will be distributed in the rest of the world shortly thereafter. The Loft is the first remake of a Flemish film to receive worldwide distribution by a major film studio.

The LoftFor Flemish director Erik Van Looy, who hopped on board for the remake after directing Loft, this is a dream come true. Attracting over 1.2 million visitors to cinemas in Flanders, the original Loft quickly became the best scoring Flemish film of all time.

Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Loft in translation

The international career of Flemish thriller Loft (pictured) is clearly a source of satisfaction to screenwriter Bart De Pauw. After a Dutch remake in 2010, an American version is due to arrive in cinemas later this year. 'It's quite a compliment for me that the story is international enough to make sense, that an American audience can relate to it,' he says.

Text Ian Mundell

loftHowever it's the original version of the story, about five men who keep a secret apartment for their love affairs, which remains his favourite. 'The others are interesting variations, but my heart belongs to the one we made,' he says. 'For me it's more subtle, more profound. It's exactly what I imagined.'

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

A lofty remake

On a muggy morning in New Orleans in late May, Flemish filmmaker Erik Van Looy is making last minute preparations for the production of his first American movie, Loft.

Text: Geoffrey Macnab

actor Matthias Schoenaerts in Erik Van Looy's original The LoftThe $15 million film, due to shoot in early June, is a US remake of Van Looy’s own 2008 runaway hit Belgian movie Loft, which posted a staggering 1.2 million admissions in its home territory. It’s the story of a group of philandering male friends who share a spacious loft in which they secretly entertain their lovers and latest conquests. All works well… until a dead body turns up in their midst. Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content has come on board to produce the film, which is being sold to international distributors by Sierra/Affinity. Several top young American actors are in the ensemble cast, among them Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and James Marsden (X-Men).

Published on Wednesday 3 August 2011

Schoenaerts, Karakatsanis join US Loft remake

Matthias Schoenaerts, the star of Michaël R Roskam's Bullhead, joins Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Patrick Wilson (The A-Team), James Marsden (X-Men) and others in Erik Van Looy's US version of his 2008 indigenous mega-hit Loft. Nicolas Karakatsanis, DOP of Bullhead, also signed up for the remake on which principal photography is set to start on 6 June in New Orleans.

Matthias Schoenaerts in the original LoftSchoenaerts is cast as Filip, the role he also played in the original version of Loft. It was director Erik Van Looy who played with the idea of casting the young actor after  seeing Bullhead, and suggested it to the film's American producers. The director was equally impressed by Nicolas Karakatsanis' lensing forBullhead and also contacted him for Loft.

Published on Wednesday 18 May 2011

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