2007 a banner year for Flemish film


BRUSSELS -- 2007 was a vintage year for Flemish cinema, with a record 1.2 million people seeing Flemish movies, according to figures from the Flemish Audiovisual Fund.

Flemish films also were selected 600 times for festivals and won prizes or were nominated 115 times.

The surge was led by movies such as Dominique Deruddere's "Firmin" and Nic Balthazar's "Ben X," which helped audience figures leap past the previous record in 2003 and more than double the 2004 number.