Pandora Film Verleih has acquired German rights to Cecilia Verheyden’s feature debut Behind the Clouds from production company Eyeworks. A number of German distributors had shown strong interest in the film, which has sold 115,000 tickets on its home turf.

Behind The Clouds“We are pleased to be distributing Cecilia Verheyden’s wonderful first feature,” says Björn Hoffmann of Pandora. "All of us here fell instantly in love with the film. It’s very precise, highly emotional and has a subtle humour that makes it a real crowd-pleaser for an arthouse audience. The film is already a box-office success in Belgium, and we are confident that it will be the same here in Germany.” Pandora was the German distributor of previous Flemish films such as The Broken Circle Breakdown and Belgica.

Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) opened Behind the Clouds in Belgium on February 10, and the film has continued to perform well despite the trying times. Fuelled by positive word-of-mouth, it is still running in 80% of the theatres in which it was released, and this week passed the 115,000-admissions mark. According to KFD, part of the film’s success can be attributed to the fact that it attracts older audiences who rarely go to the cinema.

In Behind the Clouds, two people meet again after more than 40 years. Once they were lovers but their lives took different paths: she married his best friend; he married another woman. Now they are both single again and fall in love for a second time. But is it possible to experience a love you left 40 years ago? The film is based on a theatre play by Michael De Cock, who also did the screen adaptation.

Chris Lomme and Jo De Meyere play the lead roles, supported by Charlotte De Bruyne (Flying Home, Little Black Spiders), Katelijne Verbeke, Lucas Van den Eynde, Hugo Van Den Berghe and François Beukelaers. Brecht Goyvaerts is the DOP, Philippe Ravoet the editor and Steve Willaert composed the original score.

Behind the Clouds is produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, with Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Les Films du Fleuve) and SCIO Productions as co-producers. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund chaired by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Thursday 7 April 2016

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