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by Daan Veldhuizen


When backpackers come to a small village in rural Laos, their arrival divides the local population and disrupts the relationship between two childhood friends. A complex East-meets-West story, told in a cinematographic language that is as rich as it is confrontational.

While the advent of tourists radically changed the original relations within a village somewhere in the north of Laos, Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice is not a film about good against evil. The backpackers are not basically looking to unsettle the place; this is just a side-effect of their arrival. And the villagers do dream of more wealth and luxury. The film doesn't condemn, but does tackle the culture clash in crystal clear images and scenes.

original title: Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice
country: Netherlands
sales agent: Illumina Films
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Daan Veldhuizen
film run: 93'
screenplay: Daan Veldhuizen
cinematography by: Daan Veldhuizen
film editing: Daan Veldhuizen, Jos Driessen
music: Peter Pluer
producer: Valérie Schuit
production: Viewpoint Productions
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