Ten Dutch films at TIFF 2017
August 22, 2017
Ten productions and co-productions from the Netherlands have been selected for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Messi and Maud* by Marleen Jonkman will be presented in the Discovery programm. It is the debut feature of both director Jonkman, screenwriter Daan Gielis and also production company Smarthouse Films . Messi and Maud is co-produced by Leitwolf Filmproduktion (DE) and FATT Productions (NL). Visit Films is handling international sales. The film tells the story of Maud who, while travelling through the breathtaking landscapes of Chile, tries to get her life back on track after it is confirmed that she will never have children.
Also selected for Discovery is the minority Dutch co-production Oblivion Verses* by Alireza Khatami (NL co-producer: Lemming Film, sales: Urban Distribution International). In the film, the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue embarks on a magical odyssey to give a young female protester a proper burial before the militia returns. The film will world premiere in Venice Orizzonti Competition.
Five films are presented in the Contemporary World Cinema section:
World premiering in the Contemporary World Cinema section is Mike van Diem's Tulipani*,
about a romantic Dutch farmer who, after losing his farm during the
floods of 1953, cycles to Italy to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of
Puglia. Tulipani (sales: Atlas Film) is produced by FATT
Productions and features an international cast including Lidia Vitale,
Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Gianninni and Gijs Naber. It is the director's
third feature. His debut Character won the Foreign Language Academy Award in 1998.
Disappearance* by award winning director Boudewijn Koole will have its international premiere at Toronto. The film, produced by The Film Kitchen (sales: Pluto Film), is set in the remote winter landscape of Norway. Roos visits her mother there every year, but this time it's different: she is bringing bad news. However, old pain and numerous reproaches keep Roos from sharing anything with her mother.
Urszula Antoniak's Beyond Words*, a Polish-Dutch co-production (Dutch co-producer: Family Affair Films, sales: Global Screen) will also have its world premiere at Toronto. It tells the story of Michael, the archetypal smart and extremely successful Berlin lawyer, but one desperate to keep his Polish roots a secret. When his father suddenly shows up, a man long presumed dead, Michael is plunged into a painful conflict over his identity.
The minority co-productions Good Favour*, directed by Rebecca Daly and co-produced by Viking Film (sales: Visit Films), and The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji (produced by UK/Netherlands HUMAN Film), are also screened in Contemporary World Cinema.
Selected for the Short Cuts competition is the animated Dutch short film Catastrophe*
directed by Jamille van Wijngaarden and produced by Keplerfilm.
Jamille van Wijngaarden graduated in 2014 at the Netherlands Film
Academy with her short fiction film Happily Never After and she co-directed the Virtual Reality film Ashes to Ashes which won the national VR award and is now screening at many festivals around the world. In Catastrophe,
after a small bird suddenly drops dead in its cage all eyes are turned
on the cat. Desperately the feline tries to make everything right, but
only succeeds in making things a lot worse.
TIFF's Special Presentations includes the minority co-production Racer and Jailbird* by Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam, co-produced by Kaap Holland Film and Submarine. Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium's crime underworld. Racer and the Jailbird will world premiere at Venice.
Zama*, the long awaited new feature by Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and co-produced by Lemming Film (sales: the Match Factory) is presented in TIFF's Masters programme. It is the story of an officer of the Spanish Crown who can only wait in vain for recognition for his merits. Zama is set to world premiere at Venice.
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17, 2017.
*Film supported by the Netherlands Film Fund
For more information:
Sales: Visit Films
Sales: Urban Distribution International
The Film Kitchen
Sales: Pluto Film
Family Affair Films
Sales: Global Screen
Festival distribution: Some Shorts
Sales: Visit Films
Racer and the Jailbird
Sales: Wild Bunch
Sales: The Match Factory