Schneider vs Bax to compete at Locarno
by Vitor Pinto
- Alex van Warmerdam’s latest film focuses on a hit man whose mission is to kill a reclusive author
Dutch feature Schneider vs Bax [+see also:
interview: Alex van Warmerdam
film profile] by Alex van Warmerdam is one of the 18 titles set to screen in the international competition of the 68th Locarno International Film Festival (5-15 August).
Already released domestically in late May by Cinéart, Schneider vs Bax marks the return of van Warmerdam after the success of Borgman [+see also:
interview: Alex van Varmerdam
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile], which was revealed at Cannes in 2013.
The film focuses on hit man Schneider, who is commissioned to carry out a murder by one of his regular clients, Marteen. Busy with family duties, Schneider initially refuses the task, but he ends up accepting it once he hears that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer who lives alone by an isolated lake. It turns out that Bax is not alone – his furious daughter Francisca is also there, and what was supposed to be a quick hit becomes increasingly complicated.
Starring van Warmerdam himself, Tom Dewispelaere and Maria Kraakman in the lead roles, Schneider vs Bax was produced by the Netherlands’ Graniet Films along with Belgian partner CZAR Films, and was backed by the Netherlands Film Fund, the VAF and Eurimages. Fortissimo is handling the international sales.
After Locarno, Schneider vs Bax is scheduled for Belgian release on 23 September.