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August 22, 2017

Ten productions and co-productions from the Netherlands have been selected for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Messi and Maud* by Marleen Jonkman will be presented in the Discovery programm. It is the debut feature of both director Jonkman, screenwriter Daan Gielis and also production company Smarthouse Films . Messi and Maud is co-produced by Leitwolf Filmproduktion (DE) and FATT Productions (NL). Visit Films is handling international sales. The film tells the story of Maud who, while travelling through the breathtaking landscapes of Chile, tries to get her life back on track after it is confirmed that she will never have children.

Also selected for Discovery is the minority Dutch co-production Oblivion Verses* by Alireza Khatami (NL co-producer: Lemming Film, sales: Urban Distribution International). In the film, the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue embarks on a magical odyssey to give a young female protester a proper burial before the militia returns. The film will world premiere in Venice Orizzonti Competition.

Five films are presented in the Contemporary World Cinema section:

World premiering in the Contemporary World Cinema section is Mike van Diem's Tulipani*, about a romantic Dutch farmer who, after losing his farm during the floods of 1953, cycles to Italy to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia. Tulipani (sales: Atlas Film) is produced by FATT Productions and features an international cast including Lidia Vitale, Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Gianninni and Gijs Naber. It is the director's third feature. His debut Character won the Foreign Language Academy Award in 1998.

Disappearance* by award winning director Boudewijn Koole will have its international premiere at Toronto. The film, produced by The Film Kitchen (sales: Pluto Film), is set in the remote winter landscape of Norway. Roos visits her mother there every year, but this time it's different: she is bringing bad news. However, old pain and numerous reproaches keep Roos from sharing anything with her mother.

Urszula Antoniak's Beyond Words*, a Polish-Dutch co-production (Dutch co-producer: Family Affair Films, sales: Global Screen) will also have its world premiere at Toronto. It tells the story of Michael, the archetypal smart and extremely successful Berlin lawyer, but one desperate to keep his Polish roots a secret. When his father suddenly shows up, a man long presumed dead, Michael is plunged into a painful conflict over his identity.

The minority co-productions Good Favour*, directed by Rebecca Daly and co-produced by Viking Film (sales: Visit Films), and The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji (produced by UK/Netherlands HUMAN Film), are also screened in Contemporary World Cinema.

Selected for the Short Cuts competition is the animated Dutch short film Catastrophe* directed by Jamille van Wijngaarden and produced by Keplerfilm. Jamille van Wijngaarden graduated in 2014 at the Netherlands Film Academy with her short fiction film Happily Never After and she co-directed the Virtual Reality film Ashes to Ashes which won the national VR award and is now screening at many festivals around the world. In Catastrophe, after a small bird suddenly drops dead in its cage all eyes are turned on the cat. Desperately the feline tries to make everything right, but only succeeds in making things a lot worse.

TIFF's Special Presentations includes the minority co-production Racer and Jailbird* by Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam, co-produced by Kaap Holland Film and Submarine. Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium's crime underworld. Racer and the Jailbird will world premiere at Venice.

Zama*, the long awaited new feature by Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and co-produced by Lemming Film (sales: the Match Factory) is presented in TIFF's Masters programme. It is the story of an officer of the Spanish Crown who can only wait in vain for recognition for his merits. Zama is set to world premiere at Venice.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17, 2017.

*Film supported by the Netherlands Film Fund

For more information:

Toronto International Film Festival
www.tiff.net

Messi and Maud
Smarthouse Films
www.smarthousefilms.nl

Sales: Visit Films
info@visitfilms.com
www.visitfilms.com

Oblivion Verses
Lemming Film
www.lemmingfilm.com

Sales: Urban Distribution International
udi@urbangroup.biz
www.urbandistrib.com

Tulipani
FATT Productions
www.fatt.nl

Sales: Atlas Film
sales@atlasfilm.com
www.atlasfilm.com

Disappearance
The Film Kitchen
www.thefilmkitchen.nl

Sales: Pluto Film
info@plutofilm.de
www.plutofilm.de

Beyond Words
Family Affair Films
www.familyaffairfilms.nl

Sales: Global Screen
info@globalscreen.de
www.globalscreen.de

Catastrophe
Keplerfilm
www.keplerfilm.com

Festival distribution: Some Shorts
info@someshorts.com
www.someshorts.com

Good Favour
Viking Film
www.vikingfilm.nl

Sales: Visit Films
info@visitfilms.com
www.visitfilms.com

The Journey
mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk
www.humanfilm.co.uk

Racer and the Jailbird
Sales: Wild Bunch
www.wildbunch.biz

Zama
Lemming Film
www.lemmingfilm.com

Sales: The Match Factory
info@matchfactory.de
www.the-match-factory.com

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