Mark de Cloe – Shocking Blue (2010)

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William, Jack and Chris have been friends for as long as they can remember – until that day in April when Jack ends up under the wheels of a tractor, his body crushed, William at the wheel. Suddenly nothing is left of the boys’ friendship. Chris tries his best, but William is one lump of impenetrable rock, secretly wondering if the events of the night before, when Jack went off with fifteen-year old Marianne, had anything to do with the accident… Continue reading Mark de Cloe – Shocking Blue (2010)

Rowan Lee Hartsuiker – Chandmani Sum (2009)

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Mongolia. A place of many stories. Vast and endless steppes, mountains and deserts. Chinggis Khaan, symbol for The Land of the Blue Sky. But what exactly is the true face behind this least populated country of the world?

As an audio and visual experience this film brings you in the middle of a journey through Chandmani Sum, a small village in West Mongolia. Through the eyes of an anonymous person we witness an experimental view on the real life of Mongolian countryside.

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Pim de la Parra – Frank en Eva AKA Frank & Eva AKA Living Apart Together (1973)

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The story of a man who goes out looking for hamburgers, while he has a beautiful steak at home. Frank and Eva can’t live together, but can’t live without each other either. He has sex with every woman he can get, while Eva wants to start a family. She, on the other hand, seeks more stability and wants to start a family. Out of frustration about his behavior, she starts an affair with their mutual friend, but whether he can give her what she wants? Continue reading Pim de la Parra – Frank en Eva AKA Frank & Eva AKA Living Apart Together (1973)

Thomas Brasch – Mercedes (1985)

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Science, it’s technical use, the breaking of social bonds, it’s rules – that’s the experiment’s name. Sakko and Oi meet by chance.
She’s a casual prostitute, he’s unemployed. They’re the experimental subjects. A play about free time, our time, and unemployment.

Mercedes is the adaptation of Brasch’s own play by the same title. It was produced for dutch television in 1985. Continue reading Thomas Brasch – Mercedes (1985)

Paul Verhoeven – Steekspel AKA Tricked (2012)

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Director Paul Verhoeven returns to the camera for this unique comedy drama surrounding a birthday party that goes horribly wrong for the host. The film was written via crowd-sourcing (close to 400 writing credits in all), with Verhoeven and his writing team of Kim van Kooten and Robert Alberdingk Thijmeach cherry picking the best parts of the scripts that were submitted after each segment of the film was shot and screened. Continue reading Paul Verhoeven – Steekspel AKA Tricked (2012)

Lodewijk Crijns – Loverboy (2003)

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Synopsis: MTV-worshiping seventeen year old Denise, who is one of the only white people from the poor part of a Dutch city, falls in love with the charming young Arab man Michael who promises her a life she can only imagine. But Michael is a so-called “loverboy” who has a secret agenda and manipulates her into prostitution making her believe that’s the only way to continue their expensive lives together. Continue reading Lodewijk Crijns – Loverboy (2003)

Aleksandar Manic – Knjiga rekorda Sutke AKA The Shutka Book of Records (2005)

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Known as the alleged world capital of the gypsy or Romany peoples, Shutka, Macedonia thrives on one goal: to be the champion of everything known to humankind. This “anthropological documentary comedy” looks at how people crave to be the best at what they do: no matter if that is hunting down vampires, collecting obsolete Turkish music on audio tapes, training geese to fight, or exterminating evil Genies. Winner of numerous awards world-wide and in its native country, this film is a wonderful examination of people, their quirks, and the wild and zany world within contemporary Serbia/Montenegro. Highly recommended for both entertainment and anthropological interest. Continue reading Aleksandar Manic – Knjiga rekorda Sutke AKA The Shutka Book of Records (2005)