Tag Archives: Dutch

Grimm (2003) Alex van Warmerdam, Teresa Berganza, Johan Leysen, Halina Reijn, Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Grimm (2003)
One winter’s day Jacob and his sister Marie are left behind in the woods by their unemployed father. In his coat Jacob finds a note from his mother urging them to go to their uncle in Spain. They arrive in Spain only to find that their uncle has died. Marie meets Diego, a rich surgeon, and falls in love with him. Diego lives with his domineering sister Teresa. Marie marries Diego. Jacob keeps jealously trying to tear his sister away from Diego. His efforts are in vain and Jacob starts to provoke Diego. It soon becomes clear that Jacob’s defiance won’t go unpunished…

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Amsterdam Global Village (1996) Johan van der Keuken, Julika Marijn, Documentary

Amsterdam Global Village (1996)
“I am far away on a distant journey through my own city”, filmmaker Johan van der Keuken says at the end of his four-hour portrait of Amsterdam. The city is presented as a place where people from all corners of the world live, who all exert their cultural influence on the life in the city. With a motor courier as his central figure, the filmmaker introduces the audience to birds of different feathers. We see diverse cultural expressions, like the house scene, the entry of St. Nicholas and a Ghanese mourning ritual. The binding factor in the film is the concept of ‘travelling’, in other words Amsterdam as a global village. The camera travels through the film in three ways: over land, over water (canals) and through the air.

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Nova zembla (2011) Reinout Oerlemans, Doutzen Kroes, Derek de Lint, Jan Decleir, Drama, History

Nova zembla (2011)
This fact based drama chronicles the last journey of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk on their search for a new passage to the Indies. Due to icy waters, they are stranded on the island of Novaya Zemlya and have to spend the winter there. The story is told through the eyes of Gerrit de Veer, an officer on the same voyage, and is loosely based on the famous diary he published in 1598 after his safe return.

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De loteling / The Conscript (1974) Roland Verhavert, Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen, Drama

De loteling (1974)
In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then contemporary drama by the ‘father of Flemish literature’, Hendrik Conscience, Jan Braems, a poor and naive farmers-boy, accepts the not uncommon offer by a rich family to sell his lucky ticket (out) to their son for a hefty sum compared to the miserable labor wages at the time. Army life is even harsher then a farmhand’s, especially for a Dutch-speaking an-alphabet who simply can’t understand his francophone superiors, and Jan’s nature is not complacent enough for military discipline even by todays standards, so he soon gets into all kinds of trouble, including gambling his capital away and a venereal disease. When his girlfriend back home goes looking for him, her life is doomed as well.

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Het mes / The Knife (1961) Fons Rademakers, Reitze van der Linden, Marie-Louise Videc, Ellen Vogel, Drama

Het mes (1961)
A young boy coming into puberty is resentful of his mother’s budding romance with the best friend of her late husband, and is torn and confused about his emerging feelings for Toni, a young girl in his neighborhood. His fascination with an antique Oriental knife leads him to steal it and he uses it to try to impress Toni while at the same time trying to break up his mother’s relationhip.

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Oorlogswinter / Winter in Wartime (2008) Martin Koolhoven

Oorlogswinter (2008)
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.

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