Dutch Treats 2002

December 6 – 12, 2002

For Information Contact:
Recorded Info: 212 255-8800
Box Office: 212 255-2243
Festival Hotline:
212 561-6727
www.quadcinema.com


Coordinated by
Red Diaper Productions
Ticket Sales:
$9.00 General Admission

$6.00 Seniors
$6.00 Children between age 5 & 12
Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Quad box office
or by calling 777-FILM (theater express code 636)
NY PREMIERE
ZUS & ZO
Comedy / 105 min / 2001 / Director: Paula van der Oest
This 2002 Oscar entry opens with 32-year-old Nino’s decision to marry his girlfriend Bo, causing a panic attack in his three sisters. Nino is gay and if he marries, will inherit their idyllic seaside home in Portugal. The siblings hatch various schemes to torpedo Nino’s inheritance, but Bo invites them to Portugal for wedding preparations. Culminating in a surprise twist, ZUS & ZO was described by Variety as having, “a madcap…vibe with an ingratiating lustiness.” It will be distributed in the US by Lifesize Entertainment, opening in 2003.
NY PREMIERE
AMNESIA
Drama / 87 Min / 2001 / Director: Martin Koolhaven
This stylish and psychologically taut first thriller from newcomer Martin Koolhaven about a reunion between twin brothers ultimately reveals dark family secrets. When his mother falls seriously ill, Alex returns home to the constant taunts of his twin Aram, a career criminal. The surreal enclosed world of the family estate sets off traumatic flashbacks for Alex about the mysterious death of the twins’ father and his lover. Variety remarks, the “brooding, well-constructed drama gets considerable mileage out of the schizoid twin dynamic.” Fedja van Huet, playing both twin brothers, won the Golden Calf for Best Actor at the Dutch Film Festival in 2001.
NY PREMIERE
ADRIFT
Drama / 89 min / 2001 / Director: Michiel van Jaarsveld
Michiel van Jaarsveld’s feature début, a tough coming of age tale, portrays the sexual awakening of 15-year-old Sammy, left in the care of her older brother Jacob, a skinhead with a suprisingly sweet disposition. A provocative mix of Sammy’s bad-girl antics, including the seduction of her best friend’s father, inflames both Jacob’s protectiveness and sexual jealousy. b performances by both leads combined with a constantly shifting handheld camera and an equally fast-moving montage style create an impressive portrait of the duo’s precarious relationship. Selected for Rotterdam, the Toronto International Film Festival, and San Sebastian IFF in 2001, Variety lauds ADRIFT “as an original take on the adolescent search for freedom.”
NY PREMIERE
TUSSENLAND
Drama / 83 min / 2002 / Director: Eugenie Jansen
Veteran documentarian Eugenie Jansen’s first feature is also the first homegrown film to earn the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. TUSSENLAND focuses on the unlikely friendship between isolated 81-year-old widower Jakob and young Sudanese immigrant Majok struggling to adapt to life in the Netherlands. Jakob is still deeply troubled by his late 1940’s war experiences in the Dutch East Indies and his wife’s recent death, while Majok longs for his homeland. Eventually, the similarities between the two outweigh their suspicions, creating an awkward yet resilient bond. Variety describes the film as “poignant…and touching…graced by lovely, natural performance from the non-professional cast.”
NY PREMIERE
THE STONERAFT
Drama / 103 min / 2002 / Director: George Sluizer
Adapted from a novel by 1998 Nobel Prize Winner Jose Saramago, THE STONERAFT is cast as a magical realist fable set off by the mysterious occurrence of a geological chasm separating the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe. As it floats out to sea, a bachelor threesome goes on the road looking for answers, finding romance along the way. They encounter scenes of religious hysteria and mass evacuation which are intercut with droll segments parodying the global media response (the US in particular). Veteran director George Sluizer, (THE VANISHING, UTZ) sets his film in spectacular and beautifully photographed locations. Variety remarks, “a death and metaphorical rebirth ends the tale on an ambiguous yet hopeful note.”
NY PREMIERE
ÎLES FLOTTANTES
Drama / 78 min / 2001 / Director: Nanouk Leopold
A promising debut film about a trio of 30-year-old women gains appeal from its three sparkling young actresses.
Coquettish Kate, artistic Isa, and relatively mature Sasha drift through good and bad relationships, including one with a suave Russian businessman and another with an abusive Dutch boyfriend. Working their way through nonstop dialogue, the women manage to create distinctive characters. Director Leopold emphasizes the three friends’ solidarity, which overcomes their various tiffs and still-adolescent egoism. Ultimately each comes to realize the importance of finding their own identities before finding partners. An audience favorite in Rotterdam, ÎLES FLOTTANTES was nominated for the coveted Tiger Award.
NY PREMIERE
QUI VIVE
Drama / 93 min / 2002 / Director: Frans Weisz
Based on a play by Judith Hertzberg, QUI VIVE is the saga of a large Jewish family haunted by the Holocaust.
Celebrating the parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary, multiple characters bicker, make up, and reveal painful secrets. Nico, hidden as a child by Dutch farmers, resigns his prestigious job and retreats to the countryside near Auschwitz. Family patriarch Zwart is increasingly obsessed with his first wife’s letters, written from a concentration camp. Veteran director Frans Weisz casts much of QUI VIVE as film within film, with one brother constantly videotaping everyone while the film’s sharp dialogue raises complex issues about history, memory, and forgetting.
US PREMIERE
THE DISCOVERY OF HEAVEN
Drama / 127 min / 2002 / Director: Jeroen Krabbe
Adapted from Harry Mulisch’s internationally acclaimed novel of the same title, DISCOVERY is a somewhat apocalyptic saga shot in dazzling locations in Holland, Spain, Italy, and Israel. Exasperated with humanity, God demands the return of the Ten Commandments, and his Angels set up a complex plan to produce a special child for this task.
British actor Stephen Fry plays the boy’s father with wit and grace, and Director Krabbe casts himself as the angel Gabriel. A box office hit in Holland, DISCOVERY was described by Fry as a “Greek view of heaven, where the gods are spiteful and jealous of humanity…”
D O C U M E N T A R I E S
US PREMIERE
FATAL REACTION: MOSCOW
Documentary / 93 min / 2000 / Director: Marijke Jongbloed
The final episode in Jongbloed’s four-part series examining career women and their relationships focuses on 40-yearold Larisa, exploring the complex and affectionate relationships with her mother, teenage daughter, current boyfriend, and ex-husband. As she knows, today’s Moscow includes thriving matchmaking businesses whose views suggest women should coddle their husbands and most men are more interested in beauty than brains. Juxtaposing documentary sequences with scenes from an elegant performance of Gogol’s THEMARRIAGE (1842), images of Russian State Circus bear-tamer Tatiana, and strip clubs for women only, FATAL REACTION: MOSCOW portrays the changing gender roles in the new Russia with wit and sympathy.
NY PREMIERE
FIRST KILL
Documentary / 73 min / 2001 / Director: Coco Schrijber
FIRST KILL juxtaposes people’s war experiences to create a provocative work about the tenuous line between good and evil. Featuring in-depth comments by former Vietnam war correspondent Michael Herr (DISPATCHES and screenwriter for FULL METAL JACKET and APOCALYPSE NOW) and interviews with several articulate Vietnam vets, the film also shows young tourists in Vietnam firing AK-47’s and crawling through Vietcong tunnels. Schrijber attributes her fascination with the extremities of war and killing to her upbringing as the child of camp survivors. Already screened at numerous international festivals, FIRST KILL is an extraordinarily tough examination of the most troubling and essential questions about human nature.

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