Tate, a young and crooked businessman, thinks he can get rich quick by buying a Russian freighter in the port of Rotterdam. This turns out to be a fiasco because the ship has been arrested, the freight has been sealed by the customs and the crew has been waiting for months for their wages. When his girlfriend falls in love with the ship’s mate, Tate makes a decision. He takes pity on the suffering crew and tries to save them from their helpless predicament.
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Spelen of sterven / To Play or To Die (1990) Frank Krom, Tjebbo Gerritsma, Simon Gribling, Joost Hienen, Drama
In this short motion picture, schoolboy Kees is intelligent, introvert and sensitive, but gets ridiculed verbally and physically at an all-boys school by mindlessly cocky class mates and even insensitive teachers, especially in gym, where his physical weakness is mercilessly abused to make him a defenseless laughing stock in front of his smirking peers.
STAGES is a film about Roos and Martin, who are divorced but haven’t become detached yet. When their 17-year old son Isaac withdraws ever deeper into silent isolation, they try to find a solution. Their attempts to find a solution for Isaac fail due to their frustrations from the past and their inability to listen to one another.
Mid-teen Ayoub and his half-sister Demi, of who he is protective, live with their lonely, divorced mother, Saskia, in the projects of Amsterdam. Although he loves both his parents, he doesn’t want Demi to turn out like their mother, or he like his junkie father, Mo. Ayoub spends much of his time just hanging out with his neighborhood friends, participating in typical teenager hi-jinx, such as blowing up garbage containers. However, he is also beginning to notice girls, the object of his affection being Laura, who also lives in the projects.
Welp / Cub (2014) Jonas Govaerts, Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Adventure, Horror
Sam, 12, is in trouble: his entire “Pathfinder” scout troop picks on him – and worse. The leader, Peter, is the worst of all. He seems to find a sadistic pleasure in humiliating Sam. This year’s trip is to a woods near the French border where a curious legend named Kai is said, around the campfire, to make mischief. But when Sam finds that Kai is no legend and that he makes more than mischief, no one believes him.
De Flat / House Call (1994) Ben Verbong, Renée Soutendijk, Victor Löw, Hans Hoes, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Roos Hartman is a young doctor who lives with her son in a large apartment complex. When a fellow tenant is brutally murdered, the police and Hartman’s friends suspect her mysterious neighbour, Eric Coenen. As she becomes romantically involved with Coenen, she doubts he would commit such a crime, but soon she begins to investigate the case further and discovers some startling facts relating to his involvement…
Rundskop / Bullhead (2011) Michaël R. Roskam, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Sint-Truiden, cattle farmer Jacky visits a distant relative and intimidates him into selling cows. In the local area, a mafia deals in illegal hormones and controls the cattle and meat trade. The farmers sell cows to the mafia, who inject the cows with hormones and the cows are made into food. We soon learn that Jacky is injecting himself with steroids intended for cattle.
J. Kessels / Road Duster (2015) Erik de Bruyn, Fedja van Huêt, Frank Lammers, Ruben van der Meer, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
J.KESSELS is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane, a crazy ride in a flame-adorned Plymouth Gold Duster from provincial Holland to Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and back. And a hallucinatory trip through the mind of an author, who no longer knows if his novel is a product of his own imagination, or if he is actually living it. The lead character is Kessels, a chain smoking tough guy with a heart of gold. Kessels and Frans are ageing youngsters who like nothing better than to consume nicotine, beer and country & western music. However, in Frans’ novels Kessels and he are fearless crime fighters: heroes even, but the world around them is unaware of it. Heroes who create a flurry of misunderstanding at every step. Frans accepts the assignment for Kessels and him to kidnap a philandering criminal in Hamburg and return him to his wife, because the caller is the younger brother of BB, or Brigitte, once the focus of little Frans’ prepubescent sexual dreams and awakening…
Slaughter Night / Sl8n8 (2006) Frank van Geloven, Edwin Visser, Victoria Koblenko, Kurt Rogiers, Jop Joris, Action, Horror, Thriller
Eighteen-year-old Kristel survived a car accident in which her father dies. Tormented by nocturnal visions she begins to care for her father’s investigation of serial killers – especially Andries Martíns, a killer of children.
Steve + Sky (2004) Felix van Groeningen, Titus De Voogdt, Delfine Bafort, Johan Heldenbergh, Romance, Drama, Comedy
Steve + Sky is a story about two struggling teenagers who are trying to find their own place in the world. He is a small-time crook recently released from prison and she is a prostitute craving some love and affection. They find each other in an obscure part of Gent. Jean-Claude is responsible for their meeting ; he is also an ex-inmate who has just traded the low-life crime scene for life as a pimp. Will their love survive?