Debut feature film written and directed by Sam de Jong
Ayoub Elasri, Sigrid ten Napel, Jorik Scholten, Freddy Tratlehner, Elsie de BrauwMore
Prince is Sam de Jong’s debut film and the first feature produced by Halal Pictures.
In the course of less than a year Sam wrote and directed this film. It was co-produced by Vice Benelux.
PRINCE 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 Dutch theaters from June 25th and in North America in theaters and all major VOD platforms starting August 14th, 2015.
PRINCE follows 17-year-old Ayoub on his journey into manhood while vying for the love of the neighborhood beauty Laura, 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, 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.”
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 Halal Pictures. “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.”
Behind the scenes photos by DIm Balsem
And here’s a nice interview with Sam de Jong on VICE TALKS FILM