A film which is as hard, funny, tragic, wild and unpredictable as life itself.
The snackbar, owned by Abi and located in a suburb of Amsterdam, is a refuge for the local Moroccan youth. They are wild, violent and criminal but to them Abi is like an old, trustworthy Turkish uncle - understanding, funny but also strict. But what if Abi, with his addiction to backgammon, jeopardises this state of harmony?
80’ / 35mm / colour
Original title: SNACKBAR
Prod: Lemming Film
Co-prod: Volya Films
Sc: Stan Lapinski
D.O.P.: Ton Peters
Completed: January 2012
Cast: Ali Cifteci (GUERNSEY, DESPERATE), Nazmye Oral (DON, OYSTERS AT NAM KEE'S), Dilleria Horuz, Esra Horuz.
Berlin International Film Festival
Setúbal International Film Festival - Festroia
Dortmund / Cologne International Women's Film Festival
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival
Denver International Film Festival
Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival - Buster
Dubai International Film Festival
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Antalya Film Festival - Golden Orange
Kolkata International Forum of New Cinema
a.o. JUVENILE JUDGE (2010, doc), LONGSTAY (2009, doc), AIDS AVENUE (2008, doc), CROSS AID POST (2007, doc) Awards: Prix Europa, GOODBYE VMBO (2006, short doc), MY FATHER’S CHILDREN (2005, doc) Awards: Golden Calf Best Documentary Netherlands FF.