From the Netherlands at Mill Valley
8 October 2020
Dutch cinema is strongly represented at the Mill Valley International Film Festival which kicks off today.
The Warden*) by director Threes Anna and produced by KeyFilm, will celebrate its international premiere at the Festival in California. The film will be screened as part of the Mind The Gap programme, which is both a celebration and a call to action. Through films, Q&As, panels, and conversations the Mill Valley Film Festival highlights and explores the work and the impact of women in the media industry.
The Warden tells the story of an old man, who for almost half a century has been the warden of a bird sanctuary on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. One day he receives notice that his posting will be discontinued. His happy life - in and alongside nature - comes to an abrupt end. But the warden refuses to accept his dismissal. Determined not to leave, he decides to fight back in his own way...
Joris Postema's feature documentary Stop Filming Us!*), produced by Doxy will be presented in the Valley of the Docs programme. The film has reveived the Dutch Movies Matter Award at the Movies that Matter Festival (Amsterdam), and will also be screened at the Congo Film Festival in Harlem, New York later this month. The documentary is a cinematic dialogue between Western conceptions of Africa and the Congolese perception of reality. It dissects the mechanisms underpinning the dominance of Westerns perspectives by showing a new generation of Congolese artists who show their reality, which is miles away from the standard Western image of misery and violence.
Mill Valley's Family Film section includes Annemarie van de Mond's Jackie and Oopjen*), produced by Column Film and Fiction Valley. Night at the Museum vibes infuse this Dutch kids film in which Oopjen, a famous Rembrandt portrait, comes to life and 12-year-old Jackie suddenly has her hands full. Not only does she have to hide the young 17th century woman from her mom, she also has to find Oopjen's little sister, who lives in another painting...
Also selected for the Family Film programme is award winning Dutch minority co-production Binti. Frederike Migom's first feature film, co-produced by Amsterdam-based Family Affair Films is about the 12- year-old Congolese Binti, who has lived in Belgium her whole life and dreams of being a famous Youtube star. When Binti and her father Jovial are forced to leave the country she sees only one solution: her dad must marry her best friend Elias' mother.
Binti has been selected for numerous since its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has won many awards, among which the Grand Prix Montréal Best Film and the Special Mention by Children's Jury awards at the Montréal International Childrens Festival 2019.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Mill Valley Film Festival will take place mostly online. The films in the selection will be made available online throughout the US and there will also be some drive-in screenings.
The 43rd Mill Valley international Film Festival takes place 8 -18 October: www.mvff.com
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Stop Filming Us!
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Jackie and Oopjen
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NL Co-prod: Family Affair Films
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