Diederik van Rooijen’s goes out wide
- Daglicht, the latest thriller of Taped director Diederik van Rooijen, is released on over 100 screens in the Netherlands
Dutch director Diederik van Rooijen’s fourth feature, Daglicht [+see also:
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It is the widest release yet for a film by Van Rooijen, who debuted with the Rotterdam-selected title Bollywood Hero and who also made Stella’s War and Taped, the latter a point-of-view genre film shot in Argentina that’s not only turning into something of a cult item but has drawn remake interest abroad. More importantly, the director also worked on the successful TV crime series Penoza before tackling his biggest film to date.
Daglicht is a female-driven thriller about a lawyer, Iris (played by actress Angela Schijf), who has a young autistic son and who discovers she also has an autistic brother, Ray (Fedja van Huêt), something that had been kept from her. Ray’s interned in a closed clinic because of the murder on his neighbour and her daughter, though Iris doesn’t necessarily believe Ray’s really the culprit.
The film also stars Dutch cinema royalty Monique van de Ven, as Iris’s steely mother. Derek de Lint, Daniel Verbaan, Matteo van der Grijn and Maartje van de Wetering round out the cast.
Daglicht was produced by Eyeworks Film & TV, the production company behind such major box-office hits as Nova Zembla [+see also:
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