The Market for Local-Language Remakes Is Quietly Booming

International sales agent Incredible Film today announces its slate for the Cannes Remakes programme at Marché du Film this month. The slate includes Memory Lane (original title De Terugreis) and Bed & Breakfast, and comedy features The Break-Up Club (De Break-Up Club) and Sisterhood (Z van Zus).

The news follows the success of the international remake of The Gringos (De Tatta’s), which is currently in development, sold by Incredible Film to Belga Studio’s. The sales agent will present the slate at the Cannes Remakes event for both remake and licensing opportunities, a market programme that highlights the top European IP ready for international adaptions, as part of its ambition as a Dutch language distributor to sell formats for scripted and unscripted content and international remakes and licensing.

Amongst Incredible Film’s selection of comedy feature films is Sisterhood (98’) starring Elise Schaap (Netflix’s Undercover, Ferry) and Bracha Van Doesburgh (The Domino Effect, Verliebt in Amsterdam). As little girls, twin sisters Rianne and Juliette were inseparable, but now they couldn’t be more different. Rianne takes care of their sick father, while Juliette leads an unfettered life of luxury in Amsterdam. When their father Cor dies, Rianne and Juliette are forced to go on a road trip together and unravel the complexities of their relationship. The film is produced by Tom de Mol Productions and will be released in Dutch cinemas in November.

Memory Lane (98’) follows Jaap and Maartje who have been together for 50 years. While Jaap has lost his zest for life, Maartje is still keen to embrace everything life has to offer. When the couple receives a letter from an old friend inviting them to visit, Maartje manages to convince her reluctant husband to go to Southern Europe. Memory Lane is a deeply moving story, exploring the challenges of coping with dementia, and the strength that love between soulmates brings. The feelgood film, produced by Hazazah Pictures, had its domestic release in the Netherlands earlier this year, with over 175,000 admissions so far, and will be screened at Marché du Film on 15th May,

Also on Incredible Film’s slate of international films is the feelgood Bed & Breakfast (82’) which tells the story of workaholic Sarah, who finds herself leaving her job with no plan for what to do next. She lets herself be talked into looking after her aunt’s Bed & Breakfast, and her daily routine goes from working overtime and late night UberEats, to picking vegetables in the country village. And when she encounters two potential suitors, both the B&B and her heart are open to love. Bed & Breakfast is produced by Tom de Mol Productions and is set to premiere in the Netherlands on 2nd May.

Lastly, the international sales agent will present the romcom The Break-Up Club (102’). Dylan is an attractive, carefree guy, and the owner of The Break-Up Club, helping his clients break up with their partners. It’s business as usual for Dylan until he’s hired to dump control freak and journalist Zoë, who’s looking to break the news about The Break-Up Club. Produced by Tom de Mol Productions (Black Lotus, Only You), the film will have its domestic launch on 12thSeptember, and Incredible Film will screen The Break-Up Club on 16th May at Marché du Film.

With international remakes an increasingly popular route in the global film market, Incredible Film is well positioned to present its high-quality slate of IP titles to global partners at this year’s Marché du Film.

Daniëlle Raaphorst, CEO of Incredible Film says “It’s a hugely exciting time to be bringing our varied slate of international films to the market this year and in particular, to the Cannes Remakes programme. The success of our international films such as The Gringos have further solidified our capabilities to identify remake opportunities and adapt these stories for global audiences. We are confident our content will appeal to global partners and we look forward to bringing these stories to new territories.”