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22 October 2020

With no less than five Dutch (co-)productions in the selection, cinema from the Netherlands is very well represented at the 44th edition of the Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Mostra de São Paulo).

Janis Rafa's first feature film Kala Azar (produced by: SNG Film, sales: Heretic Outreach) is presented in the New Directors Competition. Kala Azar world premiered in Rotterdam's Tiger Competition, where it won the Dutch Critics' Award. It subsequently has screened at numerous other festivals, picking up more prizes among which a Special Mention Young Cinema Competition at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the New Horizon Competition Best Cinematography Award at the Black Canvas Film Festival.

Kala Azar is about a young couple living in the margins of a European city where they collect deceased pets and bring them to a crematorium. In this desolate environment, the couple's stoic perseverance creates a space through which their love grows until the moment they have a car accident and cause a roadkill themselves.

Also part of the New Directors Competition are the two Dutch minority co-produced films Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine and Pari.

Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine (NL co-prod: BALDR Film, sales: Square Eyes), directed by Alex Piperno, celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale,where it received the Tagesspiele Jury Award for Best Film in Forum. Other festival elections include New Directors New Films Festival in New York and Jeonju International Film Festival. In Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine a sailor aboard a cruiser discovers a hallway leading to an apartment in Montevideo, while in the Phillipines a group of peasants find an abandoned shed on a hill.

Pari (NL co-prod: Topkapi Films, sales: Heretic Outreach) also had its world premiere at Berlin. The film, directed by Siamak Etamadi, is about an Iranian woman's search for her son who has gone missing in Athens, which takes her on a  journey towards ultimate freedom.

Dutch feature documentary My Rembrandt and the Dutch minority co-production Berlin Alexanderplatz have been selected for the International Panorama programme (Perspectiva Internacional).

My Rembrandt directed by Oeke Hoogendijk (prod: Discours Film, sales: Cinephil), has already screened at a large number of international festivals since its world premiere at 2019 IDFA, such as CPH:DOX, Jerusalem and Vancouver. The documentary provides a unique intimate peek into the exclusive world of the Old Masters. Where aristocrats cherish, collectors hunt, experts rule and museums battle over Rembrandt's legacy. But in each case, they share a deep emotional relationship with the paintings.

Berlin Alexanderplatz (NL co-prod: Lemming Film, sales: Beta Cinema), directed by Burhan Qurbani, world premiered in Berlinale's Competition and is a new adaptation of the bestselling novel with the same title. It tells the story of Francis who gets washed up on the shores of Southern Europe and swears an oath to God: From now on he wants to be a new, a better, a decent man. Soon after Francis finds himself in Berlin and he is sucked into the city's underworld and his life spirals out of control.

The 44th São Paulo International Film Festival takes place online from 22 October to 4 November.

All of the above mentioned films have been supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

For more information:

Kala Azar
SNG Film
Ph: +31 20 686 7837
Sales: Heretic
Ph: +30 210 6005260

Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine
Ph: +31 20 303 2670
Sales: Square Eyes
Ph: +31 6 2207 6717

NL Co-prod: Topkapi Films
Ph: +31 20 303 2494
Sales: Heretic
Ph: +30 210 600 5260

My Rembrandt
Discours Film
Ph: +31 6 5117 0099
Sales: Cinephil
Ph: +972 3 566 4129

Berlin Alexanderplatz
NL Co-prod: Lemming Film
Ph: +31 20 661 0424
Beta Cinema
Ph: +49 89 673 469-828

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