Our first issue: Flanders finds the X factor


As the final edition of Flanders Today’s print version is published, we look back at our very first issue, which explored the burgeoning cinema scene

A star is born

The cover of the first issue of Flanders Today, dated 17 October 2007, examined the region’s growing film industry and how both a new promotions agency and tax shelter were finally giving it the boost it needed.

The film Ben X by Nic Balthazar had won three awards at the Montreal World Film Festival before becoming the number one film in Belgium the week we went to press. The issue also included an introduction to long-time actor Jan Decleir and a summary of Flemish movies released that year – including Dagen zonder lief, known in English as With Friends Like These, the second film by Felix Van Groeningen.

Van Groeningen would of course go on to make the box office smash De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates) and the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown. The latter opened plenty of doors, and Van Groeningen recently wrapped shooting on the Hollywood production Beautiful Boy starting Steve Carell And Maura Tierney.

Other stories in our first issue looked at Ghent’s freshly renovated Fine Arts Museum, an interview with the new dean of Vlerick Business School and a warning about a possible shortage of electricity.

Download the pdf of our first issue here.

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