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13 July, 2016

Dutch films selected for Locarno

No less than three Dutch films have been selected for the 69th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival, which takes place 3 - 13 August.

Dutch feature Ascent by Fiona Tan (History's Future) will have its international premiere at the the Locarno Film Festival. The film is selected for the section Signs of Life.

Ascent is Tan's second feature. Her previous film History's Future premiered in the Tiger Awards Competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. ASCENT is produced by Antithesis Films, and is made with the support of among others the Netherlands Film Fund.

Ascent is in essence a film made entirely with stills; a filmic experiment balancing delicately between documentary and fiction. As the narrative unfolds unexpected and surprising paths are explored. Together with the two protagonists the viewer climbs Mount Fuji across geographical, temporal and cultural divides. The woodblock prints of Hokusai are considered, but also paintings by Van Gogh, philosophical views stemming from Asian philosophy, mankind's connection to landscape, Mount Fuji's religious significance, recent Japanese history.

Feature Length documentary Bezness as usual by Alex Pitstra, will have its world premiere in the independent section Semaine de la Critique. The film is produced by Selfmade Films, in co-production with VPRO and made with the support of among others the Netherlands Film Fund.

Bezness as usual is Pitstra’s first feature length documentary. With his first feature film Die Welt (2011) Pitstra won several international awards: the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Grand Prix of the Students' Jury at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival, among others.

The story of Bezness as usual revolves around Alex Pitstra, who  is the child of a European mother and a Tunisian playboy father. The majority of his life his father was absent, but after more than twenty years Alex invites his half-sister Jasmin to travel to Tunisia with him.

Short fiction film Clan, directed by Stefanie Kolk, will have it’s world premiere in the Pardi di domani International Competition. Clan is Kolk’s graduation film from the Netherlands Film Academy (NFA).  

In Clan a tight-knit group of people live and work at a derelict farm. No one knows the woman in a black raincoat who has been wandering around their land all day. At first, they don't worry about her. But the closer she gets, the more she starts to get in their way.

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For more information:

Locarno Film Festival: www.pardolive.ch

Semaine de la Critique: www.semainedelacritique.ch

Prod: Antithesis Films

Prod: Selfmade Films

Prod: Netherlands Film Academy (NFA),
Marion Slewe, marion.slewe@ahk.nl &
Luuk Hoekx, luuk.hoekx@gmail.com

Festival distribution: Some Shorts

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