Tonic Immobility

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Nathalie Teirlinck
Producer: Savage Film
Co-Producer: CTM Pictures, 41 Shadows

Alice leads a routine life as an escort and avoids any significant form of social contact. After the death of her ex, she is forced to take care of the son she abandoned years earlier. Her seeming indifference comes abruptly to an end, as she is confronted with the emotional emptiness in her life. 

My First Highway

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Kevin Meul
Producer: Fobic Films
Co-producer: CTM Pictures
Language: Dutch
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama

My First Highway tells the story of a boy who does everything for love, and maybe too much. It’s a tale of love and lot innocence, a love story with a bitter twist, situated in the world of teenagers. Evertyhing remains the same, but everything has changed. 

Road Duster

Category: Feature film
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Writer: Jan Eilander
Producer: CTM Pictures
Co-producer: CZAR (BE)
Adaptation: "J. Kessels: The Novel" by P.F. Thomése
Genre: Black Comedy
Languages: Dutch and German
Duration: 90 minutes
Distributor: September Film

FRANS, a crime novelist, is finishing the opening line of his new bestseller – “It all started with one of those telephone calls that you hope you won’t receive” – when his phone starts to ring annoyingly in his study. Frans answers… and the film gehts los!

ROAD DUSTER is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane, a crazy ride in a flame-adorned Plymouth Gold Duster from provincial Holland to Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and back. And a hallucinatory trip through the mind of an author, who no longer knows if his novel is a product of his own imagination, or if he is actually living it.

The lead character is Kessels, a chain smoking tough guy with a heart of gold. Kessels and Frans are ageing youngsters who like nothing better than to consume nicotine, beer and country & western music. However, in Frans’ novels Kessels and he are fearless crime fighters: heroes even, but the world around them is unaware of it. Heroes who create a flurry of misunderstanding at every step.

Frans accepts the assignment for Kessels and him to kidnap a philandering criminal in Hamburg and return him to his wife, because the caller is the younger brother of BB, or Brigitte, once the focus of little Frans’ prepubescent sexual dreams and awakening. Frans expects that, after thirty-five years, the trip will finally drive him into the arms of his childhood fantasy.

Well, the missing person case doesn’t have much to it, but what do the two heroes not encounter along the way? Steaming tarmac, burning rubber and J. Kessels’ Plymouth Gold Duster.

Booze and nicotine binges. Deafening country & western. Totenköpfe. Reeperbahn porn vs. courtly love. Flying Burritos. Prostitutes. A Turkish pimp who quickly becomes a bothersome corpse in the trunk of Kessels’ car. Rebellious characters – even Kessels goes on the run with Frans’ ingeniously constructed plot. And then Frans has yet to meet BB, who is also – a small oversight of Frans’ – pushing 50…

Director – Erik de Bruyn

Erik de Bruyn’s first feature Wild Mussels was the opening film at the Dutch Film Festival 2000. Nominated for Best Script and Best Actor, it received the Dutch Film Critics Award of Best Film, the Russian Film Critic Award and the Youth Award for Best Film.  He is also known for Nadine and The President. He also directed several short films such as, The Witness, which was nominated Best Short Golden Calf 2006 and winner of the Best Short Film Award of the Italian Republic, IFF Montecatini.

Writer – Jan Eilander

Several film and television productions in which he participated as writer have won prices. Rock & Roll Junkie, Hartverscheurend, André Hazes-Zij gelooft In Mij, In Krakende Welstand – won prices at (inter)national film festivals. And in 2006 he won a Golden Calf for Katia’s Sister.

The Sky Above Us

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Marinus Groothof
Producer: CTM Pictures 
Co-producers: Entre Chien Et Loup / Art & Popcorn / Heretic
DOP: Ruben Impens
Editor: Alain Dessauvage
Sound: Ferry de Pater
Screenplay: Original

Every day Ana, Sloba and Bojan put their lives at great risk, simply by going to work. Their jobs are in or next to the national television building in Belgrade, which because of the war has become a strategic target for NATO bombings. All three force themselves to deal with the fear, in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But “ordinary” has ceased to exist some time ago.

The actress Ana (35) wants to stay loyal to the theatre she loves dearly, but which is located next to the TV building. Although secretly terrified, she keeps compelling herself to go. To escape from reality, the hip youngster Bojan (23) immerses himself in the club scene with its sex, drugs and house music. Broadcast technician Sloba (46) has sent his wife and son to safety out of town, but has stayed behind to earn their livelihood. That’s his mission and nothing can deter him from it.

Every night Belgrade transforms from a vibrant city into a military target. While the bombs fall from the sky above, Ana, Bojan and Sloba struggle with the question: How can I survive, while staying sane in an insane world?  

Director / Writer Marinus Groothof

After finishing his studies in cinematography on the Dutch Film Academy in 2004, Marinus engaged himself in the writing and directing of short films. His second short film Morning to Noon, which he also produced, won second prize at the NBC Universal Shocking Shorts contest. NBC immediately acquired the broadcasting rights for the film.

In 2009, his short film SUNSET FROM A ROOFTOP was awarded Best Short Film at the Dutch Film Festival. It was also the Dutch entry to the Academy Awards of that year. In 2010 Marinus attended the European Producers Workshop EAVE as a writer for his first feature film The Sky Above Us. This project has also been awarded the Kodak NPP Development Award at the Holland Film Meeting. In 2011 Marinus was selected to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Directors Programme at the Binger FilmLab, again with this project The Sky Above Us. He has also represented The Netherlands as a young director at EFA’s A Sunday in the Country and was a member of the jury at the Dutch Film Festival. His short film Mirroring won Best Short Film at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in 2011. 

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The Canal

Category: Feature Film
Writer/director: Ivan Kavanagh 
Producers: AnneMarie Naughton / Park Films (Ireland)
Co-producers: Sander Verdonk / CTM LEV Pictures & Vaughan Sevill / Western Edge Pictures (United Kingdom)
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Duration: 90 minutes
Distributor: A Film Distribution (Benelux)

Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 5-year-old son, Billy. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a film-reel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by a man named William Jackson, who slew his wife for being unfaithful and drowned both of their children in the nearby canal.  As David’s suspicions grow, a terrifying shadowy figure of a man, who resembles Jackson, starts to appear to him and David becomes convinced that this “evil supernatural presence” that inhabits his house, never ever wants him or his family to leave.  

Writer/Director – Ivan Kavanagh

In 2005 Ivan directed his first feature film ‘Francis’. His second feature film ‘The Solution’ toured the festival circuit worldwide and won ‘Best Drama’ at the Portobello Film Festival 2007 in London. The Durban International Film Festival in South Africa called it ‘a gritty masterpiece’.
Ivan’s third feature ‘Tin Can Man’ (Park Films) won ‘Boundary Breaking Best Feature’ at the Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 and ‘Best Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell. It also won ‘Best Foreign Film’ ‘Best Foreign Actor’ for Michael Parle and ‘Best Foreign Director’ at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2008 and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the Strasbourg International Film Festival 2008. In February 2012 a remastered and re-edited version of the film won a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, presented by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.
His fourth feature ‘Our Wonderful Home’ was fully financed by the Irish Film Board. It screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009 and had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh(2008).

His fifth feature film ‘The Fading Light’ produced by Park Films and again financed by the Irish Film Board, won ‘Best Irish Film’ and ‘Best Male Actor’ for Patrick O’Donnell at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2010. It also played in the World Cinema section of the Pusan International Film Festival 2010, South Korea and at the Titanic Film Festival 2011, Hungary.

Plan C

Director/writer: Max Porcelijn
Cast: Ruben van der Meer, Rene van ‘t Hof, Ton Kas
DOP: Coen Stroeve
Gaffer: Willem van der Eerden
Sound design: Michaël Sauvage
Art director: Mares Tomassen
Casting director: Rebecca van Unen
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Styling: Lynn van Eck
Editor: Marc Bechtold
Music: Erik Jan Grob
Line producer: Bo Polak, Mendy Post
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland

Filled with sharp wit and boasting a first-rate cast, PLAN C is a dark comedy thriller that reveals human weakness through a smart and compelling plot.

Ronald Plasmeyer (Ruben Van Der Meer) is a small-time Amsterdam detective, struggling with financial problems because of his gambling habit. When Chinese crime boss Hao threatens Ronald’s ex-wife and son to get his money back, Ronald comes up with a plan that will solve all his problems.

Ronald enlists two petty criminals (Ton Kas & René Van ‘t Hof) to rob an illegal poker tournament he’s taking part in, providing him with a perfect alibi. Quick, simple and non-violent; the plan is foolproof… until people start getting killed. 

Max porcelijn – WRITER/DIRECTOR 

Max Porcelijn (1981) was born and raised in Amsterdam. It is there that he developed his love for film and for the people of his city. This love served Max as his inspiration for Plan C. Throughout the years, Max has familiarised with different aspects of the city and its inhabitants, among others the more obscure side of Amsterdam with its illegal poker tournaments. Like no other, Max recognizes the humor and tragedy in everyday life.Max graduated in 2006 from the Film Academy in Amsterdam with the praised graduation film The Deception, written and directed by himself. Just like Plan C, The Deception is a tragicomedy starring Ruben van der Meer. As a result of their fruitfull collaboration on The Deception, Max wrote Plan C with Ruben in mind as lead character. This character, Ronald Plasmeyer, is tailor made for Ruben and takes full advantage of Ruben’s talents as an actor.In the past couple of years Max has further developed his talent directing several video clips and television commercials among which for the BBC, Toyota, Dixons and the Dutch Film Festival. This has led to a refinement of his style that he put in practice for Plan C. Max is a young and talented director who has been shaping his professional career always motivated with Plan C. in the back of his mind.

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Wild Romance

Director: Jean van de Velde
DOP: Jules van den Steenhoven 
Release date: 9 Nov 2006

Dutch rock singer, junkie and sex addict Herman Brood probably never outgrew his petty native Groningen bars scene, hadn’t publican Koos van Dijk neglected his pub and wife to become Brood’s devoted manager, even supplying drugs. They form a band, Brood and his Wild Romance, mainly more junk punks, but gradually build a reputation and after replacing the loser musicians launch a record, largely financed by Koos’s conservative pa. Now Brood decides to aim for the top, New York’s most exclusive club. Nearly Herman is lost to a stable relationship, but an OD saves his career. Koos gets them engaged by a US studio for a tour, but the Yanks plan to take over and Herman surprises everyone.