AFM: U.S. Presidential Assassination Thriller 'The Prime Minister' Scores Global Sales

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Credit: The Works International

The Belgian thriller proved a hit at last month's American Film Market.

A Belgian thriller centered around an attempt to kill the American president has struck a chord with international distributors. 

Almost a month after AFM closed its doors for another year, U.K.-based sales banner The Works International has announced a raft of deals for The Prime Minister, Erik Van Looy's English- and Flemish-language feature that has already taken $2.8 million in its home country since releasing five weeks ago. 

The film has been acquired by Trade Media (France), DDDream (China), Aya Pro (Japan), Discovery (Former Yugoslavia) and Viswas Films (India), adding to Square One (Germany), Flins Y Piniculas (Spain) and Dutch Film Works (Holland), which had been previously announced. The Works is in the closing stage of deals for Turkey, the Middle East and Italy. 

Shot and set in Brussels, The Prime Minister follows the story of the Belgium prime minister who, on his way to a summit meeting, is kidnapped. He soon learns that his wife and children are being held hostage and that they will only survive if he kills the person he is due to meet later that day: the president of the United States. 

The deals were brokered by The Works International’s head of international sales, Clare Crean, together with sales and marketing executive, Edrianne Wenger.