Order book for new Dutch films scheduled for release in the fall

A perfect storm of titles previously delayed by the pandemic combined with features set to launch as part of the Netherlands Film Festival later this month means a bumper crop of local films is set for release in Dutch cinemas this fall.

Expected titles include Alex van Warmerdam’s latest feature film “No. 10”, which tells the story of an actor who cannot remember his past but is heavily armed towards his future by a group of foreigners.

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“Goldie” director Sam de Jong also looks set to return with his third film, “Met Mes,” a media satire focusing on a TV personality who exaggerates the theft of a new camera. has unintended consequences.

Other buzzing films include “My Father is an Airplane,” directed by Antoinette Beumer (“Jackie”), which is slated to open the Netherlands Film Festival.

Based on Beumer’s 2018 novel, it tells the story of a young woman who discovers that her father, whom she believed to be dead, is alive and living in a mental institution, which propels her own fears about mental health. .

Elsewhere, “Splendid Isolation” is an arthouse title directed by Urszula Antoniak (“Magic Mountains”) involving two women who self-isolate on a lonely island until their lives are disrupted by a stranger.

Among the films with strong performances by their main protagonists, let us quote Joost van Ginkel’s “Bo”, a melancholy road movie on the Georgian setting, “Sea of ​​Time”, directed by Theu Boermans, about a young couple torn apart by a sailing accident that meet 35 years later.

A feature film with a documentary feel that promises to bring audiences into the criminal underworld is “The Last Ride of the Wolves” – directed by Michele’s Alberto, which portrays his own father’s latest heist.

Shariff Korver’s “Do Not Hesitate” – which premiered in Tribeca earlier this year – is now set to delight domestic audiences with a tense story centered on a group of heat-tired young soldiers who must keep a military vehicle in. the desert .

Kepplefilm – whose Dutch East Indies film “Bulado” was shortlisted as a Dutch Oscar nomination – is back with “Pink Moon”. Floor van der Meulen’s first feature film is a comedy about a young woman who decides to kidnap her suicidal father.

The Netherlands Film Fund is doing everything in its power to ensure that there is room for these small films produced in the country.

Last month it launched a € 1.5million ($ 1.7million) Full Circle program in collaboration with the Dutch Exhibitors Association (NVBF), allowing cinemas to qualify for € 1 per paying spectator in 2021. The program also offers distributors of predominantly Dutch productions supported by the film fund an additional contribution to support distribution.

One drawback may turn out to be the capacity limitations still imposed on Dutch theaters: since June, admissions are limited to 50 people with a distance of 1.5 meters per person.

While it is impossible to be certain of much during the pandemic, there nevertheless remains a sense of optimism that restrictions could ease by the end of September, once national immunization rates are set. will have increased.

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