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Dutch cinema is very well represented at the upcoming edition of the São Paulo International Film Festival. A record breaking number of thirteen films and co-productions from the Netherlands are selected for the 43rd Mostra de São Paulo, which takes place 17 - 30 October.

Five Dutch filmmakers will be competing with their debut feature films in the Festival's New Directors Competition:
About That Life, directed by Shady El-Hamus and produced by The Rogues (sales: Some Shorts) will celebrate its international premiere in Brazil. About That Life has been received very well by the national cinema audience and film critics and took home a Golden Calf for Best Script at the Netherlands Film Festival. About That Life is a coming-of-age film about three friends who are driven apart by the impending end to high school life, only to learn that friendship doesn't depend on their chosen paths.

Willem Bosch's family film Afterlife, produced by Pupkin Film (sales: Dutch Features), had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival and has also been selected for the Zlin International Film for Children and Youth among others. Afterlife tells the story of Sam who encounters her dead mother in the afterlife and tries to bring them both back to the real world.

Boy Meets Gun
by Joost van Hezik celebrated its world premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival earlier this month. The black comedy/thriller is about a bored evolutionary biology professor who gets caught up in a robbery and accidentally gets hold of the weapon. Seized by a renewed appetite for life, Maarten decides to keep the gun. The film is produced by Pupkin Film (sales: Media Luna),

Steven Wouterlood's My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, produced by BIND (sales: Picture Tree International) has been on a winning streak since its world premiere in Berlinale's Generation section, where it received a Special Mention. It has been selected for numerous festivals since, including New York International Children's Film Festival (award: Grand Prize Feature Film), Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth (award: Golden Slipper Best Feature Film) and Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival (award: Children's Jury Best Film).

Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarević, produced by Pupkin Film (sales: Heretic Outreach) had its world premiere in Rotterdam's Tiger Competition where it received the Special Jury Award and has travelled to festivals all over the world, including Cannes L'ACID, Melbourne International Film Festival, Seoul International Women's Film Festival, where it picked up Best Film Award and the Sarajevo International Film festival, where it received the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film. Take Me Somewhere Nice tells the story of Alma, who finds herself on an increasingly unpredictable adventure while traveling from Holland to Bosnia by road.

São Paulo's International Perspective section presents the world premiere of Dutch feature Mi Vida (My Life), directed by Norbert ter Haal and produced by Phanta (sales: Nine Film). In Mi Vida (My Life) recently retired hairdresser Lou decides it is time to make a longtime dream come true. Encouraged by her language teacher Andrea, she decides to start a new life in Spain, but this decision is met with unexpected and painful resistance from her grown-up children.

Also part of International Perspective is the documentary Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World, directed by Hans Pool and produced by Submarine (sales: Cinephil). Since its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam the doc, which explores the exclusive world of the ‘citizen investigative journalists' collectively known as Bellingcat, has been selected for many prestigious festivals worldwide, a.o. Hot Docs, CPH:DOX and Dok.Fest.

Furthermore several award-winning Dutch minority co-productions that have been selected for the festival:

- By the Name of Tania, directed by Mary Jimenez & Bénédicte Liénard (Dutch co-prod: BALDR film).
- Monos directed by Alejandro Landes (Dutch co-prod: Lemming Film, sales: Le Pacte).
- Sick, Sick, Sick directed by Alice Furtado (Dutch co-prod: BALDR Film, sales: Alpha Violet).
- Tehran, City of Love directed by Ali Jaberansari (Dutch co-prod: Viking Film, sales Reel Suspects).
- The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea directed by Syllas Tzoumerkas (Dutch co-prod: PRPL, sales: New Europe Film Sales).
- The Best of Dorien B. directed by Anke Blondé (Dutch co-prod: Viking Film, sales: Be for Films).

For more information: www.43.mostra.org


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