Dutch films going to Taipei
23 June 2020
Dutch cinema is very well represented at the Taipei Film Festival which is kicking of its 22nd edition on 25 June. The festival selection includes two films from the Netherlands and four co-productions.
Selected for the International New Talent Competition is Dutch minority co-production Window Boy Would Also Like a Submarine by Alex Piperno (Uruguay). The film, which world premiered in Berlinale - Forum, is co-produced by Amsterdam-based BALDR Film. In the film 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. Square Eyes are handling sales.
Paradise Drifters by Mees Peijnenburg is presented in the Future Lights section. Earlier this year Mees' debut feature world premiered at Rotterdam and celebrated its international premiere in Berlinale's Generation 14plus competition. Paradise Drifters is a fragmented portrayal of the homeless young adults, Lorenzo, Yousef and Chloe. What starts off as an individual search that must lead to money, chances and new opportunities appears to be a longing for human connection, security and mutual affection. The film is produced by Pupkin Film and sales are handled by Orange Studio.
Halina Reijn's first feature Instinct is selected for the World Cinema program. The film tells the story of an experienced psychologist working in a penal institution. She starts an affair with a serial rapist who appears to be ready to return to society. Instinct had its world premiere at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival where it won the Variety Piazza Grande Award and a Special Mention for Best First Feature, after which it played at numerous other prestigious festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago, Palm Springs, Les Arcs and Miami. Instinct is produced by Topkapi Films, in co-production with Man Up, international sales are handled by Films Boutique.
Also included in World Cinema is the Dutch minority co-production Tench by Patrice Toye (Belgium). It is about Jonathan, a kind-hearted young man, who is released from prison due to lack of evidence. He wants to forget the past and is determined to become a different and better person. But even though he strictly adheres to the rules, his good intentions are soon put to the test when a young woman moves in next to him with her small daughter. Tench is co-produced by KeyFilm (the Netherlands), Be for Film are handling sales.
Part of Asian Prism is Indian/Dutch co-production Nasir, directed by Arun Karthick and co-produced by Rinkel Film. Nasir world premiered in Rotterdam's Tiger Competition where it received the NETPAC Award. The film comprehends the peaceful anonymity of the lives of small people but also, more sorrowfully, the vengeful and arrogant anonymity of the mob. Sales: Stray Dogs.
The Barefoot Emperor is screening in the Wild Tales program. The film by directors' duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens (Belgium) shows how the last King of the Belgians became the first Emperor of Europe. The Barefoot Emperor celebrated its world premiere at Toronto and has been touring the festival circuit since, with selections including PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights, Warsaw, Cairo and Palm Springs. The film is co-produced by Topkapi Films, sales: Be for Films
The Taipei Film Festival takes place from 25 June - 11 July.
For more information: www.taipeiff.taipei