3rd NL Online Film Festival China
March 18, 2016
The third edition of One Touch, the Netherlands Online Film Festival in China, is ready to take off. This year in the leading role: children. During three months, from March 20 to June 20, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and EYE International will introduce twelve exciting Dutch films, documentaries and short movies to the Chinese audience. Every month four new movies can be viewed online for free on Tencent.
The aim of the third edition of One Touch is not only to give the Chinese audience insight into Dutch film culture, but it is also to draw more attention to the cooperation between the Chinese and the Dutch film industry. Last year the Sino-Dutch film treaty was signed, enhancing and facilitating the co-production of films between both countries.
This year's movie selection will show innovation, creativity and open-mindedness, all elements for which the Netherlands is well-known. What makes Dutch Children's films stand out from
the rest, is how they make difficult subjects approachable and understandable for children. Therefore Dutch kids' movies are acclaimed on a global scale, and have won many international film prizes. It is not surprising children have the leading role during this edition of One Touch.
This Sunday the festival will open officially with an offline screening of the Finn (2013) at Broadway Cinematheque MOMA in Beijing. This award-winning children's movie is about a
nine-year-old boy who loves to play music. His father prefers he just plays football. Is Finn the only one who can see how enchanting music can be?
In June family film Milo (2012) will be available on Tencent. Milo is an isolated 10-year-old boy with sensitive skin and a controlling father. "The thing that makes Milo special is that when the boy finds out about his condition then you immediately understand what kind a shock it is. It's about the acceptance of what you are, as you are. And that's a universal thing", said San Fu Maltha, the producer of Milo.
Besides children's movies the Dutch film industry is also flourishing on several other fronts. The long tradition of Dutch documentaries will not be forgotten during this edition of One Touch.
Dutch documentaries are famous for the combination of deep emotions and solid factual filming. A perfect example of these features is Don't Leave Me (2013) made by the directors Niels van Koevorden and Sabine Lubbe Bakker. This documentary tells the story of two friends who want to disappear from life.While their country is falling apart, two lost souls cling to each other.
During the second monthof the film festival the movie Jackie (2012) will be presented, featuring Carice van Houten, who is also well-known in China. The movie describes the story of Dutch twin sisters traveling to America to look for their long-lost mother.
Besides showing movies from established Dutch moviemakers, One Touch will also present the graduation works of young talented moviemakers from the Netherlands Film Academy. Magnesium (2013) tells the story of Isabel, a young talented gymnast. A couple of days before she faces her last chance to reach the top, she discovers something that will change her life completely.
Online screening programme
March 20 - April 20: Finn, Around the World in 50 Concerts, The Blitz, Magnesium
April 20 - May 20: Kauwboy, Lilet Never Happened, Jackie, The Call
May 20 - June 20: Milo, Don't Leave me, New World, If mama ain't happy
In sum, this year's edition of One Touch brings a wide variety of Dutch films to the Chinese audience. From children to grownups, everyone can tune in with "One Touch" and enjoy Dutch movies and Dutch culture during the next three months.