Ten Dutch (co-)productions at Melbourne IFF
5 August 2019
The Melbourne International Film Festival has selected no less than five Dutch films and also five co-productions from the Netherlands for its 68th edition which kicked off 1 August.
The Melbourne International Film Festival programme includes three Dutch feature films:
Dirty God, Take Me Somewhere Nice and Retrospekt.
Dirty God by Sacha Polak, produced by Viking Film (sales: Independent Film Company) world premiered as the Official Opening Film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, had its international premiere at Sundance and has since then been screening at a large number of festivals worldwide. Dirty God tells the story of Londoner Jade, who is alienated from her young daughter after an acid attack leaves her facially disfigured, and finds solace in a hedonistic lifestyle and internet sex.
Ena Sendijarevic's debut feature Take Me Somewhere Nice, produced by Pupkin Film (sales: Heretic Outreach) celebrated its world premiere in Tiger Competition in Rotterdam where it won the Special Jury Award and its international premiere took place in Cannes' L'ACID. Other festival selections include Shanghai, New Horizons (Wroclaw) and Sarajevo. The film is about a young woman from Holland, who travels to Bosnia to visit her sick father and finds herself on an increasingly unpredictable adventure through the country's scorching heartland.
Retrospekt, Esther Rots' second feature film, produced by Rots Filmwerk and Column Film (sales: Some Shorts), is also one of the current international festival darlings. It had its world premiere at Toronto 2018 and has also been selected for the Berlinale and BAFICI (Buenos Aires) amongst others. In Retrospekt, Mette (37) is on maternity leave and questions why the fulfilment she once felt with her husband and daughter is no longer there. She realises her life might lack real purpose.. When Mette's care agency can't provide support for Rineke, a victim of domestic violence, Mette welcomes her into her family - with life-changing consequences.
The festival in Australia also presents a feature length documentary from the Netherlands.
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World by Hans Pool, produced by Submarine explores the exclusive world of the "citizen investigative journalists" collectively known as Bellingcat. The doc world premiered at IDFA and it has also been at Hot Docs, SXSW and CPH:Dox.
Dutch animation is represented in Melbourne as well.
Wiep Teeuwisse's minimalist but highly expressive animated short Intermission Expedition, produced by Valk Productions (sales: Some Shorts) shows a group of tourists who struggle with letting go of their busy daily lives during a holiday. When they finally do, they experience an overwhelming sense of meaninglessness - but also a sense of universal beauty within the here and now.
Intermission Expedition previously screened in Annecy's Short Film Competition.
The minority Dutch co-productions selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival are:
-Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles, animated feature directed by Salvador Símo & Manolo Galiana, NL co-producer: Submarine
-Monos by Aleandro Landes, NL co-prod: Lemming Film
-Too Late To Die Young by Dominga Sotomayor, NL co-prod: Circe Films
-The Trial by Sergei Loznitsa, NL co-prod: Atoms & Void
-Sakawa, documentary by Ben Asamoah, NL Co-prod: Pieter van Huystee Film
The 68th Melbourne International Film Festival takes place 1 - 18 August: www.miff.com.au