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August 13, 2013

Three Dutch (co-)productions have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place September 5 – 15. Feature films The Dinner, Borgman and the minority co-production Qissa will all be presented at the festival.

The Dinner, written and directed by Menno Meyjes and produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, will have its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section. In The Dinner two couples go out to dinner in a restaurant. They talk about ordinary things: work, the latest movies, holiday plans etc. They avoid discussing the one thing of true importance: their children. Because their children have done something horrible, which could potentially destroy their future…

Borgman will be screened in the Vanguard programme. The latest film by Dutch veteran filmmaker Alex van Warmerdam and production company Graniet Film, has been very successful since its world premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival. It has been selected at many film festivals worldwide and has already been sold to dozens of countries.

Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears?  Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.
Qissa, a German/Indian/Dutch/French co-production, will also have its World Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The film is directed by Anup Singh and it is co-produced by Netherlands based Augustus Film. Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries his youngest child Kanwar to Neeli, a girl of lower caste, the family is faced with the truth of their identities; as individual ambitions and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.

Toronto International Film Festival: www.tiff.net/thefestival

For more information:

The Dinner:
Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
Ph: +31 20 346 3700

Graniet Film
Ph: +31 20 606 0630

Sales: Fortissimo
Ph: +31 20 627 3215

Augustus Film
Ph: +31 23 551 0069

Sales: The Match Factory
Ph: +44 221 539709-0

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