Dutch films off to Taiwan
Taipei Film Festival has selected a large number of films from the Netherlands for its 21st edition. A total of six Dutch (co-)productions is included in this year's programme.
Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarevic is screening in the International New Talent Competition. Ena Sendijarevic's debut feature world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it won the Special Jury Award in Tiger Competition. It has since been selected for many festivals world wide, among which Cannes' ACID and the Shanghai International Film Festival.
In Take Me Somewhere Nice Alma travels from Holland to Bosnia by road and finds herself on an increasingly unpredictable adventure through the country's scorching heartland.
Presented in the Wild Tales section is the international premiere of Nocturne, Viktor van der Valk's first feature, that also celebrated its world premiere at Rotterdam earlier this year. Nocturne is a lyrical film noir about two producers, an investor, a deadline, a woman, a gun, one night and a hopelessly romantic boy.
Three Dutch films are selected for the World Cinema programme.
The Conductor by Maria Peters will have its international premiere at Taipei. Based on a true story, the film is about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct a symphony, who is torn by ambition and love as she tries to overcome the bias against female musicians;
My Extraordinary Summer with Tess, Steven Wouterlood's family film that world premiered at Berlinale's Generation and is currently on a winning streak, snatching awards such as the Golden Slipper for Best Film at the Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth and Children's Jury Best Film at Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival;
Also part of the World Cinema program is Iranian/Dutch co-production Tehran, City of Love by Ali Jebaransi (NL co-producer: Viking Film), which has previously screened at among others BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Beijing International Film Festival, where it received the Award for Best Actress.
Lastly, the minority co-production Too Late to Die Young by Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor (NL co-producer: Circe Films) is included in Future Lights. Too Late to Die Young is about three children, in an isolated community far from the city, who face a forest fire that threatens not only their sense of belonging but their very lives. The film had its world premiere at Locarno 2018 and won the Leopard for Best Director. Since then it has been doing very well in the festival circuit and selections include Toronto and Rotterdam.
The 21st edition of the Taipei Film Festival takes place 27 June – 13 July: www.taipeiff.taipei