Blog by Bill Desowitz - ADMIRAL screen in Beijing

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The Dutch action-adventure, Admiral,  has been selected for a Gala screening at the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday in the Grand Oriental Theatre at 9:30 pm. 

Admiral, directed and lensed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2 & 3), and a good bet for the Dutch foreign-language Oscar entry,  is a dazzling epic portraying one of the most important events in Dutch history: the 17th century Anglo Dutch wars. I will be posting my interview with Reiné very soon.

The film features a prestigious cast of Dutch and international celebrities, including Frank Lammers, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Aurelie Meriel and Sanne Langelaar.

Admiral was filmed on location in The Netherlands for €10M. Since its release in January it remains the top box office draw in Holland. The film has already been awarded Golden Status by the Dutch Filmfund just four days after its theatrical release, with more than 100,000 tickets sold during the opening weekend alone.

Reiné, who was awarded the prestigious Golden Calf Award for his very first theatrical release, The Delivery, has built a reputation as a prolific studio-director and action expert in The Netherlands and abroad. He has made more than a dozen highly successful studio films, including The Man with the Iron Fists 2, which was released last week.

Admiral tells the story of the famous Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter (Lammers) who was an innovative engineer, naval officer, and battle hero in the 17th Century Anglo Dutch wars. When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany, and the country finds itself on the brink of civil war, de Ruyter takes command of the Dutch fleet.

Admiral is produced by Klaas de Jong, famed cultural entrepreneur. Among de Jong’s impressive producing resume are Tuscan Wedding, Loving Ibiza, and Penny’s Shadow.

Arclight Films is representing worldwide rights (with the exception of Benelux) on Admiral and will be screening the film for buyers in Berlin at EFM.

http://billdesowitz.com/admiral-to-screen-at-beijing-international-fest/

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