Watch out, cult movie! Thirty years after its release, It success near you will be released in theaters in a restored version in HD thanks to L’Atelier Distribution. This film, impossible today, revealed Benoît Poelvoorde in the eyes of the general public!
Released in cinemas on November 4, 1992, E succ Vicino a te celebrates its 30th anniversary with a great cinematic re-release, enhanced by a restoration in HD according to the artistic will of the directors.
This feature film, which very quickly rose to the status of a cult film, is built in the form of a mockumentary.
A team of reporters follows Ben, a killer who attacks the elderly and the middle class. Little by little the reporters will take part in the crimes of Ben, who is encamped by an exceptional Benoît Poelvoorde.
Originally, It Happened Near You was an idea by Rémy Belvaux, then a student at INSAS, a French-speaking Brussels film school. The director wants to stage a parody of the famous TV show Striptease.
The work lasts 20 minutes, Rémy Belvaux adheres to the duration of the show. To allow for theatrical release, the director (assisted in the production by André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde) will shoot new sequences so that the film will last 1 hour and 32 minutes.
It Happened Near You had the effect of a real shockwave when it premiered at Cannes in May 1992, then when it was released in November of the same year. Trash, cynical, violent and very raw, the film doesn’t hesitate to go very far with black and sour humor!
Between rapes, murders and child killings, Happened Near You has been controversial for its depiction of violence. In this sense, these sequences have been cut in some international versions, including the one destined for the US, to circumvent censorship.
Also, on the original movie poster, we could see a pacifier over a pool of blood, with Ben looking out onto the scene armed with a gun. (photo above)
For the 1992 release, the French poster, designed by Pascal Le Brun, opted for a denture instead of a pacifier so as not to be banned to minors under the age of 18. For release in 2022, the poster has not been censored and we find this macabre detail.
On a very low budget, the film is shot in black and white on 16mm film. Many actors voluntarily participate in the project, including Benoît Poelvoorde’s mother and grandparents.
Furthermore, It success near you is the first with Benoît Poelvoorde as the headliner. The latter was by no means intended for an acting career at the time.
“Thanks to the talent, audacity and inventiveness of its authors, the book goes beyond the laws of the genre to offer a lively reflection on the representation of violence in cinema”wrote Positif magazine in 1992.
Highly regarded at film festivals, the feature won the SACD Award, the International Critics’ Award and the Special Youth Award at Cannes 1992. “It was the biggest take-off I have ever known. Immediate support. Many truffles shouted that the limits of good taste had been exceeded, but it was marginal.
With his eloquence and charm, Poelvoorde put journalists in his pocket.
With his eloquence and charm, Poelvoorde put journalists in his pocket. He also left with my secretary, Coralie, whom he later married. “explained Jean Roy, general delegate of the Semaine de la critique in 1992, interviewed by Télérama.
The film will be a historic triumph in Belgium and in most of the 27 countries where its authors have screened it. “It’s the only movie I know where everyone has worked for free and still has a percentage”, Benoît Poelvoorde pointed out maliciously. In France it will attract more than 500,000 spectators to theaters.
It’s the only movie I know that everyone has worked on for free and still has a percentage.
Success next to her then launched the career of the Belgian comedian. Unfortunately, co-director Rémy Belvaux will not have the same fate as his friend. After working extensively in advertising, he committed suicide by throwing himself under a train in 2006. He was 39 years old.
As for the 3rd director, André Bonzel, he returned to anonymity after the success of the film, which was the trigger for the end of a beautiful friendship between these 3 crazy artists. However, the artist returned to the cinema with the staging of the documentary Et j’aime à la fureur in 2021.
Since childhood, the It Happened Near You co-director has been collecting film reels. Thanks to these moments in the life of anonymous filmmakers and these traces of preserved emotions, he reconstructs the adventure of his family. With And I love the fury, André Bonzel declares his love for cinema. On original music by Benjamin Biolay, he tells a story that could be ours.