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THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING

by Maarten Treurniet

synopsis

Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world’s wealthiest brewers and a supremely influential man in Holland, has a fateful weakness: he feels invulnerable. It takes only 35 minutes before his invulnerability collapses piteously in the back of a mini-van speeding through Amsterdam’s streets. He and his chauffeur have been kidnapped by a band of hot-headed young men whose amateurishness keeps endangering their own plans. For 21 grueling days, the brewer is kept in a cold and cramped cell, chained to the wall. Powerless for the first time in his life, he is now in the hands of Rem, the gang’s youngest member, who takes sadistic pleasure in humiliating and frightening Heineken. When the ransom of 35 million guilders is paid, Heineken and his driver are freed, and the hunt for the kidnappers begins - with Heineken playing an active role.

international title: The Heineken Kidnapping
original title: De Heineken Ontvoering
country: Netherlands
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Maarten Treurniet
film run: 127'
release date: BE 26/10/2011, NL 27/10/2011
screenplay: Kees van Bijnum, Maarten Treurniet
cast: Rutger Hauer, Reinout Scholten Van Aschat, Gijs Naber, Teun Kuilboer, Korneel Evers
cinematography by: Giulio Biccari
producer: Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Richard Claus
production: IDTV Film
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, A-Film Distribution
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