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The Alzheimer Case opens 30th Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent

18 Aug 2003
New film by Erik Van Looy in world premiere

The new Flemish film The Alzheimer Case by Erik Van Looy will be the opening night film of the 30th Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. Based on the novel of the same name by Jef Geeraerts and with top actors Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt and Jan Decleir, the film will have its world premiere on 7 October.

With The Alzheimer Case, Erik Van Looy has once again proved his worth. After Ad Fundum and Shades, his third feature film is a genuinely ambitious project, based on Jef Geeraerts's very successful crime fiction series with main characters Vincke and Verstuyft. Geeraerts, who is one of Flanders best-known authors, has said he is delighted with the film. Carl Joos and Erik Van Looy have written the screenplay. Stephen Warbeck, who won an Academy Award in 1999 for his score for Shakespeare in Love, has written the music. Warbeck is the well-known composer of film scores for Billy Elliot, Quills, Birthday Girl and Mrs Brown. De Zaak Alzheimer is a production of MMG NV (Erwin Provoost) in co-production with TV1, TROS Bridge Rights and PV Pictures.

The film is starring Koen De Bouw as Chief Constable Eric Vincke and Werner de Smedt as Police Inspector Verstuyft. The top cast includes among others Jan Decleir, Jo De Meyere, Hilde De Baerdemaeker, Gène Bervoets and Vic De Wachter.

Vincke (Koen de Bouw) and Verstuyft (Werner Desmedt) are the best criminal investigation pair of the Antwerp police force. When they are confronted with the murder of a senior executive, they leave no stone unturned to catch the murderer. The track leads to a hired assassin, Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir). Ledda is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and has more and more difficulties to carry out orders. Moreover, when he realises that he has let himself be used for a political game of power, he decides to go after his clients. Vincke and Verstuyft have their hands full with unravelling the web of intrigues and with preventing more people from being killed.

In addition to three feature films, director Erik Van Looy has other realisations to his credits. He has directed among others some instalments of the television series Windkracht 10 and the internationally acclaimed television game show De Mol (The Mole).

The opening film will be screened both in the Kinepolis Ghent and in the Capitole Theatre. Ticket sales start on 29 September 2003. The film will be distributed in Belgium and Luxemburg by Kinepolis Film Distribution.

View the trailer on http://www.mmg.be/

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