The Prime Minister


The Main 1 Mon, Apr 16, 2018 7:10 PM
The Main 1 Fri, Apr 20, 2018 4:10 PM
Uptown Theatre Tue, Apr 24, 2018 9:15 PM
The Main 3 Thu, May 3, 2018 7:10 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:De premier
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Best of Fest
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Thrill Me
Chill Me
Release Year:2016
Runtime:115 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:The Works
Director:Erik Van Looy
Producer:Hilde De Laere
Michiel Devileger
Rachel Van Bommel
Cinematographer:Danny Elsen
Screenwriter:Carl Joos
Erik Van Looy
Editor:Philippe Ravoet
Yoohan Leyssens
Composer:Merlijn Snitker
Principal Cast:Koen De Bouw
Saskia Reeves
Adam Godley
Charlotte Vandermeersch
Filmography:Ad fundum ('93)
Shades ('99)
The Alzheimer Case ('03)
The Loft ('14)


Director Erik Van Looy and actor Koen De Bouw, the talent behind film fest favorite The Alzheimer’s Case, collaborate again on a tense and stylish new thriller replete with touches of black humor. De Bouw stars as the seemingly happily married Belgian Prime Minister, who lives in a suburban paradise with his wife and two young children. One day, as he makes his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, his car is hijacked, his driver killed and he is kidnapped along with his closest aide. The PM quickly learns that his wife and children are being held hostage and they will only survive if he kills the person he is due to meet at 3pm, the President of the United States.

The film intertwines love and professional life in a manner unusual for a thriller, which raises the stakes for both the characters and the audience.

Director Biography

Erik Van Looy Belgian filmmaker and director Erik Van Looy was born in 1962. His filmography includes the highly praised Loft (’14) and The Alzheimer Case ('03). Van Looy is also a well-known television host on the show De Pappenheimers (’03).



"Shot and set in Brussels, the Belgium prime minister soon learns his wife and children will only survive if he kills the president of the United States." - Hollywood Reporter


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