If you are Netflix addicts, it’s time to discover – or re-discover the 12-part thriller Salamander, a series from Belgium! Season 1 of this suspense-filled hit show opens with a daring night-time raid on the private Jonkhere bank in Brussels, and the subsequent murder, suicide or disappearance of the 66 people whose safety deposit boxes were broken into.
Salamander’s writer, Ward Hulselmans, who is now writing a second series, describes his drama as an exploration of “vanity and greed, how power and money corrupts, and what people do when their secrets are about to be made public”. “It’s the story of one man, one cop, against the establishment,” says its director, Frank Van Mechelen.
Filming began in Brussels in May 2011 with locations including Brussels Park, Egmont Park, the exterior of the Belgian Federal Parliament, Cinquantenaire, Law Courts of Brussels, Brussels-South railway station and Hotel Metropole.
Other movies with a Belgian flair available on Netflix:
- Tied with Benoit Poelvoorde (2013)
- Bullhead with Schoenaerts (2012)
- In Bruges (2008)
- A Secret with Cecile de France (2007)
- Here, I Am Slave, Coriolanus or Occupation with Lubna Azabal
- The kid with a bike from the Dardenne Brothers with Cecile de France, Thomas Doret and Jérémie Renier (2011)
- Home with Olivier Gourmet (2008)
- When the sea rises with Olivier Gourmet and Wim Willaert (2004)
- Populaire with Déborah François
Mr. Nobody from Director Jaco Van Dormael
- Renoir, In Bruges, A Heavenly Vintage, Blue Is the Warmest Color with Jérémie Renier
- In Defense of a Married Man with Johnny Galecki … yes he was born in Bree, while his dad was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force…
- and of course the Jean-Claude Van Damme movies … “The Muscles from Brussels”