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Savage Film and Eyeworks Belgium join forces

17/05/2014

Flemish production outfits Savage Film (producer of Oscar and César nominated picture Bullhead) and Eyeworks Belgium (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina, …) are joining forces. This through Eyeworks' acquisition of a minority stake in Savage Film. The two have been co-producing features (among which Bullhead) and documentary films since 2010.

Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam (whose Fox Searchlight pic The Drop will get an international release in September) has also become a minority partner in the company. He will act as an executive producer on several projects in Savage Film's current line-up such as director Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes (starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval and Jan Bijvoet - scheduled to start shooting early 2015) and Galloping Mind, director and choreographer Wim Vandekeybus' first feature (starring Jerry Killick, Natali Broods and Orsi Tòth - scheduled to start shooting in August).

(Quote Michael R. Roskam) 'Joining Savage Film means a lot to me. This is the team I made Bullhead with. This is the consolidation of a professional friendship and I'm looking forward to be part of it.'

(Quote Bart Van Langendonck) 'With this merger we intend to strengthen the company's position and that of our titles on both the national and international market. With new films in the pipeline such as Roskam's The Faithful (a coproduction with Stone Angels in France and with Matthias Schoenaerts in the leading role) and Flemish helmer Nathalie Teirlinck's first feature film Tonic Immobility, we will be reaching out to actors, distributors, financiers and audiences in France as well as in English-speaking territories.'

(Quote Peter Bouckaert) ‘The collaboration between Savage Film and Eyeworks has proven to be very successful. With this next step we want both to strengthen this partnership and expand our joined forces in the field of international co-productions.’

In February, the announcement was made that the Warner Bros. Television Group and Eyeworks reached an agreement whereby Warner Bros. will acquire all of Eyeworks’ businesses outside the US, in the 15 countries across Europe. Eyeworks Belgium will thus become part of WB and through the partnership between Eyeworks Belgium and Savage Film both companies will continue to focus on European productions.

A new Savage Film-Eyeworks co-production, Labyrinthus (directed by Douglas Boswell), will get a wide release in Flanders and Brussels this summer (Benelux distributor is Paradiso Filmed Entertainment), with Attraction Distribution handling the international sales of this highly anticipated family fantasy. 

Savage Film founder and managing director Bart Van Langendonck is in Cannes as co-producer on Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia, selected for Director's Fortnight, and Eyeworks' managing director Peter Bouckaert as co-producer of the Dardenne brothers competition film Deux jours, une nuit.