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Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter selected for the Beijing International Film Festival


Roel Reiné’s (The Man with the Iron Fists 2Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines) historical drama Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter is to receive a gala presentation at this year’s fifth edition of the Beijing International Film Festival (17-20 April). Co-produced for Flanders by Ciné Cri de Coeur, the film was supported by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Set in the mid-17th Century, Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter tells the story of the legendary Dutch admiral and takes us back to the time when the Netherlands was one of the world’s largest maritime nations. Politically, the Orangists and the republicans are locked in a battle for power. While republican Johan de Witt is the most powerful man in the the country, his opponents try to appoint the inexperienced but very ambitious young prince William III to the key position of ‘stadtholder’. The republicans are dedicated to winning the war against the English. When De Ruyter succeeds in defeating the English fleet he becomes incredibly popular, but conspiracies lead to a conflict with the supporters of the prince. The House of Orange sharpens its knives and De Ruyter is sucked into a political battle.

Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter is a Farmhouse Film production, co-produced for Flanders by Jacqueline De Goeij of Ciné Cri de Coeur. Alex van Galen and Lars Boom developed the script, with Roel Reiné as director and DOP. The film stars Frank Lammers (Michiel de Ruyter), Sanne Langelaar (Anna de Ruyter), Barry Atsma (Johan de Witt) and Egbert-Jan Weeber (Willem III), alongside Flemish actors Gene Bervoets (Paradise Trips, Schneider vs. Bax, Image), Filip Peeters (The Bunker, The Team, Loft) and Axel Daeseleire (Missing Persons Unit, Crimi Clowns).

Flemish talent was also employed in key positions in the camera, light and sound departments as well as costume and make-up. Ghent-based post-production company GRID VFX created the impressive visual effects for the film.

The film - which has already registered over 600,000 admissions on its home turf - has recently been sold to the UK, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Kuwait. International sales are being handled by Arclight Films.

Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.