Van Warmerdam selected for Cannes
April 18, 2013
Borgman, the new feature film by Dutch film maker Alex van Warmerdam is selected for the main competition of the Cannes International Film Festival 2013. For the first time in 38 years, a Dutch film succeeded to break through to the main competition of the world's leading film festival.
Borgman is written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam. The film is produced by Marc van Warmerdam of Dutch production house Graniet Film, with financial support from the Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Danish Film Institute (DFI). Dutch broadcaster NTR is on board too. Foreign co-producers are Angel Film (Denmark) and Epidemic (Belgium). The film was supported by Eurimages, the co-production fund of the Council of Europe. Fortissimo Film Sales is the international sales agent. Film Distributor Cineart is releasing the film this Fall in the Dutch cinemas.
Van Warmerdam also received support from the public. Especially for this film he successfully created an edition of 125 prints of his painting Man with beard. Alex van Warmerdam is widely recognized for his work. In 2010 he won the Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch State Prize for the Arts. His last film The Last Days of Emma Blank, won the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Venice Film Festival (2009). With this film, he also won the Golden Calf for Best Screenplay at the Netherlands Film Festival. With Waiter he won the Golden Calf for Best Screenplay at the Dutch Film Festival 2006.
Van Warmerdam won the Golden Seashell with his feature Grimm at the San Sebastian International Film Festival 2003. With The Northerners (1992) he won the European Film Award and with film Abel in 1986 he won his first Golden Calf for Best Director.
Alex van Warmerdam responded to the news of his selection: "It is very, very nice because it is very good for the film. It is 38 years since a Dutch film has been selected in competition in Cannes, which is known as the festival of festivals. So it’s a great feeling. Very exciting".
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.
Also selected for the Cannes competition is the Dutch minority co-production Heli by Mexican director Amat Escalante. The film is co-produced by the Netherlands based company Lemming Film.
For more information:
Marc van Warmerdam, Producer
Ph: +31 20 606 0630
Sales: Fortissimo Films
Ph: +31 20 627 3215
Ph: +31 20 661 0424