Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert film a book by Nicci French

Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert film a book by Nicci French
Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert film a book by Nicci French

Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert join forces again for a film adaptation of the first Nicci French book.

Keep going, that seems to be the motto of Jan Verheyen (59) and Lien Willaert (46). After ‘Red Sandra’ and ‘Bittersweet sixteen’, the couple once again take a seat behind the camera together for ‘The Memory Game’, a film adaptation of Nicci French’s debut novel. It will be the first Flemish-Dutch film based on a story by the British writers duo.

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A director couple who film a book by a writer couple, in other words. The memory game – The memory game in English – was the debut for Nicci French in 1997. Today Verheyen and Willaert will start recording in Valkenburg in the Netherlands.

The directors can count on a great cast. Anna Drijver, the Dutch actress we know from Undercover, takes the lead role. “I love this genre, a solid whodunnit, and with Nicci French as a basis you know that the plot is nicely complicated and layered. You continue to puzzle along as a viewer. For my character Eva it is also a tough puzzle: what really happened to her childhood friend? What did she really see?”

You will also recognize Louis Talpe, Lynn Van Royen, Peter Thyssen, Gert Winckelmans and – another one! – married couple Vic De Wachter and Gilda De Bal. Also the Dutch actor Maarten Heijmans (who played for the series Ramses won an Emmy Award) makes its appearance.

The story starts in the garden of the country house of the Deridder family. There, the body of Nathalie, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared 25 years ago, is found. The gruesome find puts an end to years of uncertainty, but also reveals a long-hidden crime. When family secrets are unearthed, the present is overshadowed by the past and nothing will be the same.

The film is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.

The article is in Dutch

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