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Joram Lursen – Alles is liefde AKA Love Is All (2007)

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LOVE IS ALL Klaasje has divorced Dennis, who cheated on her with a school teacher. Dennis would like her back, but when she moves in with a young lover it looks as if he has missed the boat. Meanwhile, Klaasje’s best friend Simone is the pivot of her family. Her husband Ted often feels redundant and he does not have the guts to tell her that he has been laid off. Pool attendant Victor is looking forward to marrying the love of his life, Kees. But Kees has doubts and keeps his fears at bay during weekends spent ‘larping’ (Live Action Role Play). Victor’s sister Kiki, a sales assistant at department store Bijenkorf, is dreaming of a prince on a white horse. But she is unaware of the fact that a real prince, Valentijn, is crazy about her. With the arrival of a mysterious Santa Claus, all these amorous ups and downs reach a climax, while the happy endings come closer too. Written by Motel Films Read More »

Sam de Jong – Prins (2015)

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About:
It is summer in the estate on the edge of town that provides the location for Sam de Jong’s feature debut Prins. And it is hot. Any lad who has money here has got to be a wide boy. And if you are driving a Lamborghini you will definitely earn respect. The film’s young director unfolds his story with ease, infusing it with a good dose of irony and grotesque exaggeration. The boys hang out on the street, cracking pumpkin seeds, talking about motorbikes, Rolex watches and how to kiss a girl. One of them is 17-year-old Ayoub. He is head over heels in love with pretty Laura who may smile at him invitingly when she passes by, but later sends him packing with a withering look. Her boyfriend is one of the really tough guys. How on earth can Ayoub compete? He has hardly any money, shares a tiny room with his sister at home; his mother is careworn and his father lives on the streets. He has to do something. Cue the guy in the pastel-hued violet Lamborghini – a complete nut that everyone says you should just stay away from. It is going to be a long, nightmarish night for Ayoub. Read More »

Mark de Cloe – Shocking Blue (2010)

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William, Jack and Chris have been friends for as long as they can remember – until that day in April when Jack ends up under the wheels of a tractor, his body crushed, William at the wheel. Suddenly nothing is left of the boys’ friendship. Chris tries his best, but William is one lump of impenetrable rock, secretly wondering if the events of the night before, when Jack went off with fifteen-year old Marianne, had anything to do with the accident… Read More »

Rowan Lee Hartsuiker – Chandmani Sum (2009)

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Mongolia. A place of many stories. Vast and endless steppes, mountains and deserts. Chinggis Khaan, symbol for The Land of the Blue Sky. But what exactly is the true face behind this least populated country of the world?

As an audio and visual experience this film brings you in the middle of a journey through Chandmani Sum, a small village in West Mongolia. Through the eyes of an anonymous person we witness an experimental view on the real life of Mongolian countryside.

–Rowan Lee Hartsuiker Read More »

Pim de la Parra – Frank en Eva AKA Frank & Eva AKA Living Apart Together (1973)

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Synopsis:
The story of a man who goes out looking for hamburgers, while he has a beautiful steak at home. Frank and Eva can’t live together, but can’t live without each other either. He has sex with every woman he can get, while Eva wants to start a family. She, on the other hand, seeks more stability and wants to start a family. Out of frustration about his behavior, she starts an affair with their mutual friend, but whether he can give her what she wants? Read More »

Thomas Brasch – Mercedes (1985)

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Science, it’s technical use, the breaking of social bonds, it’s rules – that’s the experiment’s name. Sakko and Oi meet by chance.
She’s a casual prostitute, he’s unemployed. They’re the experimental subjects. A play about free time, our time, and unemployment.

Mercedes is the adaptation of Brasch’s own play by the same title. It was produced for dutch television in 1985. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Steekspel AKA Tricked (2012)

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Director Paul Verhoeven returns to the camera for this unique comedy drama surrounding a birthday party that goes horribly wrong for the host. The film was written via crowd-sourcing (close to 400 writing credits in all), with Verhoeven and his writing team of Kim van Kooten and Robert Alberdingk Thijmeach cherry picking the best parts of the scripts that were submitted after each segment of the film was shot and screened. Read More »