FilmBuff and VICE Media will release ‘Prince’ (Prins), the feature debut from acclaimed Dutch music video director Sam de Jong. ‘Prins’ first debuted at the 2015 Berlinale, where it received an honorary mention for the coveted Crystal Bear for Best First Feature. Produced by 100% Halal, ‘Prince’ will be available in North America in theaters and all major VOD platforms starting August 14th, 2015.
About the Film
‘Prince’ follows 17-year-old Ayoub, played by newcomer Ayoub Elasri, on his journey into manhood while vying for the love of the neighborhood beauty Laura (Sigrid ten Napel), and the respect of the local tough-guy gang. Although Ayoub dreams of getting the girl and the neighborhood crown, he has little to show for his aspirations until he meets Lamborghini-driving Kalpa, played by Dutch rapper Freddy Tratlehner, local kingpin and alleged sociopath, who turns Ayoub into the talk of the town.
‘Prince’ was hailed by critics’ following its debut at the 2015 Berlinale’s Generation 14Plus section. Screen International praised, “Its stylistic brio makes ‘Prince’ a live wire!” while The Hollywood Reporter raved that the film is “distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions,” and that it has a “quirky spirit that makes it easy to enjoy.”
This is the second partnership between FilmBuff and VICE Media, as the two previously worked together to release All This Mayhem in 2014. “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with VICE again and we are honored to be working with such a talented filmmaking team” says FilmBuff’’s Sam Scupp. “‘Prince’ is a very special film – it’s wild and hip and utterly heartfelt at its core.”
VICE’s Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai says, “‘Prince’ heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in cinema, writer / director Sam de Jong, and we couldn’t be more excited that people are going to have the opportunity to discover him. His movie mixes teen comedy, freaky surrealism and super emotional drama in a world that feels totally natural — like its own mini-universe. He’s going to be blowing people’s minds for a long time.”
“I am so proud of the film, of Sam and the team who worked so hard to make this film possible,” says Gijs Kerbosch, Producer at 100% Halal. “Working side by side with our friends at VICE was a great experience, and we are super excited that we have joined forces with FilmBuff to release the film in North America.”
“‘Prince’ is a very dear and personal project,” says director Sam de Jong. “We shot the film only one mile away from where I grew up – in a very specific social environment. For the project to cross borders and travel the world is a dream come true. I hope U.S audiences learn something about urban Dutch life and struggles and additionally discover that we are all struggling with the same issues in the western world.”
‘Prince’ is produced by Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis, and Gijs Determeijer of 100% Halal and by VICE Media (Fishing Without Nets, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, All This Mayhem). FilmBuff will release ‘Prince’ in theaters and across all major VOD platforms in North America.
About Sam de Jong
Sam was born in Amsterdam and raised on the outskirts of the city.
Sam graduated from the Dutch film school in 2012 with the short film Magnesium. Before graduating Sam directed documentaries, music videos, commercials and drama films and has continued to do so. Since Magnesium he made the short films Marc Jacobs and Malaguti Phantom before writing and directing his first feature Prince. His short work has been critically acclaimed an awarded around the world.
He is currently writing his second feature and his first feature is about to be released after opening the generations program at the 2015 Berlinale.
100%Halal is his Dutch representative. Recently he signed with agent David Flynn, at UTA. Who represents him in the U.S.A.
About 100% Halal
100% Halal was founded in 2010 by producers Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis and Gijs Determeijer. The focus is to create purely creative work through documentaries, fiction, commercials, photography and music videos. In 2014, they released three documentaries (selected at Hotdocs and Locarno 2014), produced two short fiction films (selected at Berlinale 2014), over 35 commercial shoots, over 100 photo shoots and have worked with clients such as ADIDAS, EA GAMES, HEINEKEN, FOX SPORTS, CONVERSE, CITIZEN and NIKE. Today, 100% Halal represents a steady group of 20 directors and photographers for commercial work (most renowned are JOHAN KRAMER, KAREN ROSETZSKY), and is surrounded by a large group of creative people, connected to people and networks all over the world.