EN - On its way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the car of the Belgian Prime Minister is hijacked, his driver killed and the Prime Minister kidnapped. Soon, the PM learns that his wife and children are being held hostage. They will only survive if he kills the person he will meet at 3pm. Only, this person is the President of the United States…


Title The Prime Minister
Original title De premier
Original language Dutch, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre thriller
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-10-26


Cast Koen De Bouw, Tine Reymer, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Dirk Roofthooft, Stijn Van Opstal, Wim Willaert
Photography Danny Elsen
Editing Philippe Ravoet, Yoohan Leyssens
Sound Simone Galavazi
Art director Kurt Loyens
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Esther De Goey
Music Merlijn Snitker

Technical specs

Running time film 115'


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, screen.brussels
Production partners Woestijnvis (BE), Millstreet Films (NL)
Tax shelter partners the Belgian Tax Shelter

Multi-territory deals announced for The Prime Minister

The Works International has secured a raft of distribution deals for Erik Van Looy’s action-thriller, The Prime Minister.

The Prime MinisterVan Looy’s feature film has been snapped up across a multitude of territories including Trade Media for France; DDDream for China; Aya Pro for Japan; Discovery for Former Yugoslavia and Viswas Films for India. A further raft of territories are also in late stage negotiations including Turkey, Middle East and Italy, with deals soon to be announced.

Published on Wednesday 7 December 2016

250,000 admissions for Van Looy’s Prime Minister

Erik Van Looy’s new feature The Prime Minister has passed the 250,000-admissions mark in its home territory. The thriller about a Belgian PM who is forced to kill the President of the United States has topped the Belgian film charts for three consecutive weeks since its release.

The Prime MinisterEight years after his all-time hit film Loft, which reached over a million moviegoers, director Erik Van Looy is well on his way to seeing history repeat itself with his new film The Prime Minister. Another audience favourite, the film has already passed a quarter of a million admissions just three weeks after its domestic release on October 26.

Published on Friday 18 November 2016

Prime Minister reigns local box office

Erik Van Looy's new action thriller The Prime Minister registered close to 130,000 admissions in its first week, making it the number-one film at the local box office. This week the film also gets its market premiere at this year's American Film Market (AFM) where The Works International is handling worldwide sales.

The Prime MinisterOn his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the car of the Belgian Prime Minister is hijacked, his driver killed and the Prime Minister kidnapped. He is released on one unthinkable condition...

Published on Thursday 3 November 2016

The Works International secures key sales on Erik Van Looy’s thriller The Prime Minister

The Works International today announced the sale of tense action thriller The Prime Minister to Flins y Piniculas for Spain. The film has also been sold to Square One for Germany, Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) for Belgium and Dutch FilmWorks for the Netherlands.

The Prime MinisterDirected by Erik Van Looy (LoftThe Alzheimer Case), written by Van Looy and Carl Joos in collaboration with Robin Pront and produced by Hilde De Laere (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), The Prime Minister stars Koen de Bouw (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Dirk Roofthooft (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall) and Adam Godley (BFG, The Theory of Everything).

Published on Tuesday 14 June 2016

First cast names announced for new feature by Loft-director Van Looy

On March 21, shooting starts on The Prime Minister (working title), a new feature by Erik Van Looy, director of Loft. Koen De Bouw takes the main role as the Belgian Prime Minister who is forced against his will to carry out a possibly world-threatening assignment.

Koen De BouwErik Van Looy wrote the film with Carl Joos, having previously collaborated on the script of The Alzheimer Case (The Memory of a Killer). Koen De Bouw will play the Belgian Prime Minister who is kidnapped and released on one condition: he has to kill the person he is supposed to meet later that day. But that person happens to be the President of the United States.

Published on Tuesday 26 January 2016

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Director Erik Van Looy
Producers Hilde De Laere
Writers Erik Van Looy, Carl Joos

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