With J. Kessels CTM Pictures opens the 35th Netherlands Film Festival

On the 23rd of September, 15 years after Erik de Bruyn’s Wilde Mossels opened the festival, J. Kessels will be given a gala premiere on the opening night of the Netherlands Film Festival. Starring  Frank Lammers (WILDE MOSSELS, DE MARATHON, MICHIEL DE RUYTER ), Fedja van Huêt (WILDE MOSSELS, SOOF, OVERSPEL) and Ruben van der Meer (Plan C). The script is written by Golden Calf winner Jan Eilander (HET ZUSJE VAN KATIA, IK BEN WILLEM) and is based on the cult novel by P.F. Thomése.
Erik de Bruyn (director):
"I’m very happy to have made this musically rich film about two old friends, with my two old friends from Wilde Mossels in the leading roles. What’s even more fantastic is that J. Kessels will open the Netherlands Film Festival as well, exactly 15 years after Wilde Mossels. It’s going to be an awesome party!"
P.F. Thomése (writer J. KESSELS: THE NOVEL):
"This is precisely the film the book deserves.”
J. KESSELS is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane for literary pulp writer Frans (Fedja van Huêt) and his favorite character J. Kessels (Frank Lammers). After taking an assignment to find a cheating sausage salesman (Ruben van der Meer), they go on a crazy ride. In an American old timer they travel from the provincial town of Tilburg to the Hamburg Reeperbahn and back. Then, suddenly they find a dead body in the trunk of their car. Easily found, but how to get rid of it?
Flemisch actice Annick Christieans (DE OOGGETUIGE, ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS) plays the role of Brigit, the object of desire of Frans Thomése’s libido. Romi Van Renterghem debuts as the young Brigit. Also starring are Marc Lauwrijs (CODE 37) as her brother Bertje and Bert Husentruyt (THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN) as Dad de Braaij. Together they are the family De Braaij, who run the Flemish greasy diner Old Times in Tilburg.
The film is a co-production with CZAR (Belgium) and is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, AVROTROS, CoBO, the Belgian Tax Shelter and Flanders Audiovisual Fund. September Film is the distributor for the Benelux.