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Herbots’s The Treatment sold to the US


Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller The Treatment has been sold to the US, where Artsploitation Films will be releasing the film. Earlier this month, Herbots’s film was well received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it had its North American premiere.

The Treatment screened as part of the World Cinema Now section in Palm Springs, creating such a buzz that an extra venue had to be added for the second scheduled screening of the film. Following its successful festival launch, Artsploitation Films acquired North American rights. A distributor specialising in genre films, Artsploitation plans on releasing the film later this year.

Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller has already been sold to France, Germany, the UK and Ireland, and Latin America. Another deal has recently been done with HBO to release it in Eastern Europe. International sales are handled by Pamela Leu’s recently founded sales agency Be for Films.

Since its international premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal, The Treatment has been invited to Austin’s renowned Fantastic Film Festival, Black Nights in Tallinn and the BlackBear Film Fest in Warsaw. Next month, the film is to be shown at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Carl Joos wrote the screenplay of The Treatment, based on Mo Hayder’s bestselling novel. Actor Geert Van Rampelberg takes the lead as Nick Cafmeyer, a police inspector who is still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a disturbing disappearance comes to light bearing a remarkable resemblance to his brother’s case, Nick takes the lead in a relentless manhunt.

Director of photography was Frank Van den Eeden, with editing by Philippe Ravoet. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks produced. The Treatment received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz.