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EYE presents book THE DUTCH TOUCH

February 7, 2012

Inspired by the interviews and research they conducted for their book Van Abeltje tot Zoop, about the history and success of Dutch children’s films, film producer Sabine Veenendaal and film marketeer Esther Schmidt have written an additional booklet on the subject for the international film audience.

Entitled The Dutch Touch; Vision and passion for children’s films in the Netherlands, the booklet is co-produced by EYE Film Institute Netherlands and will be launched at the Berlinale 2012. As well as comprising a comprehensive listing of all Dutch children’s films from 1989 onwards, the booklet will contain a short overview of the sector with emphasis placed on the ground-breaking films and the key filmmakers over this period. What’s more, it will be richly illustrated with pictures, images and quotes from the filmmakers.

Schmidt explains why the international version picks up the history of Dutch films for kids from 1989. That was when Ben Sombogaart made MY FATHER LIVES IN RIO, a film generally regarded as marking a turning point in the industry. “For the first time the target audience of the film was taken seriously,” she comments. “It was like a new severe type of drama for children, not like adventure or a couple of kids solving a problem or discovering a secret or whatever. It was really like an adult way of telling the story of a child and his problems.”

“Since 1989 Dutch films for kids have been very successful abroad, both at festivals and in the marketplace,” she continues. “So successful that nowadays Dutch children’s films are a brand and a very important export product for the Netherlands.”

For more information:

EYE Film Institute Netherlands
EYE International
Ph: +31 20 7582 375



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