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Jonas Baeckeland

Cool Abdoul

100' - 2021 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Dutch, French
Director: Jonas Baeckeland With: Nabil Mallat, Anemone Valcke, Johan Heldenbergh, Jan Hammenecker, Antje de Boeck, Dimitri 'Vegas' Thivaios
Cool Abdoul is a biopic that traces the chaotic journey of Ismail Abdoul, a talented boxer who will do anything to succeed. Having made headlines in Flanders in the early 2000s, his Mauritanian father Azziz and his Belgian mother Martha raised him and his brother Hakim with Islamic values. Ismail is imbued with his father's vision of life: respect must always be unconditional and mutual, and the boxing ring is the best place to earn it. He has only one goal: to reach the very top as a boxer.
Ismaïl Abdoul is a talented young boxer on the rise, ready to make it to the top. He's found the love of his life, Sylvie, and is making a decent living as a bouncer. But when the opportunity for more money and power arises, he seizes it. In no time, he and his men control all the club doors in the city, including the drug traffic behind them.

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Jonas Baeckeland


Nabil Mallat, Anemone Valcke, Johan Heldenbergh, Jan Hammenecker, Antje de Boeck, Dimitri 'Vegas' Thivaios


Jonas Baeckeland, Fikry El Azzouzi, Wouter Van Haver

Director of Photography

Martijn van Broekhuizen


Nico Leunen, Fatih Tura


Peter De Maegd, Tom Hameeuw, Lize Lefaible

Production studios



Kinepolis Film Distribution, Kinepolis Film Distribution

More information


Dutch, French

Countries of production

Belgium, The Netherlands




Jonas Baeckeland
Salto Mortal (short, 2007) Gestreept (Video short, 2009), Twelve Going on Sixty (short, 2010), Het Blauwhuys (short, 2011), La proie (short, 2012), Nous Trois (short, 2018)

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