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TORONTO 2015 Netherlands

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Dutch titles wing their way to TIFF

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- Among the ten Dutch productions screening at Toronto are David Verbeek’s Full Contact, Joost van Ginkel’s The Paradise Suite and Alex van Warmerdam's Schneider Vs Bax

Dutch titles wing their way to TIFF
Full Contact by David Verbeek

Ten Dutch films, including an animated short by Oscar-nominated directors and six minority co-productions, are set to cross the Atlantic to screen at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), unspooling from 10-20 September.

Leading the Dutch contingent is David Verbeek’s Full Contact [+see also:
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. The Lemming Film production, which was part of the Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier back in 2011, will be screening in the new competition section, Platform. Starring Grégoire Colin, Slimane Dazi and Lizzie Brocheré, Full Contact is a psychological thriller about a military operator who controls American drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan from his base in Nevada. One day, by accident, he bombs a school, and this tragedy will lead him to begin a quest for new meaning in his life. September Film will handle the distribution in Dutch cinemas in 2016, while BAC Films is managing international sales.

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Joost van Ginkel’s The Paradise Suite [+see also:
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– the Dutch premiere of which will take place at the Netherlands Film Festival (read more) – is also heading to Toronto as part of the Discovery programme. The Amsterdam-set ensemble film will then get local theatrical distribution on 29 October.

Alex van Warmerdam's dark comedy Schneider Vs Bax [+see also:
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interview: Alex van Warmerdam
film profile
]
is being shown as part of the Contemporary World Cinema section. The film opened locally last May and had its international premiere a few weeks ago at Locarno (read more).

The animated title Otto by Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw and Job Roggeveen is being shown as part of the Short Cuts programme. The trio of filmmakers was also behind the Oscar-nominated A Single Life.

Dutch talent is also spread around six minority co-productions. Viking Film has co-produced Neon Bull [+see also:
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by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, which is competing in Platform. Meanwhile, the Special Presentations section is showing both Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol [+see also:
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– a co-production by KeyFilm and September Film (read more) – and The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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, by acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, which was backed by Lemming Film.

The N279 Entertainment co-production Francofonia [+see also:
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by Alexander Sokurov will be unveiled in Masters, while the documentary The Event [+see also:
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by Sergei Loznitsa, co-produced by Atoms and Void, will be screened within the Wavelengths programme. Lastly, D’Ardennen [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robin Pront
film profile
]
by Robin Pront, a Belgian title co-produced by PRPL, will screen as part of the Discovery section.

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