Into Thin Air

Category: One Night Stand
Director: Daniel Bruce
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler 
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch and English
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-produced by: NTR, VARA & VPRO

On October 4th 1992, El Al flight 1862 Boeing 747 crashed into the Klein Kruitberg flat in the Bijlmer, destroying over 80 apartments. According to official figures there was a total of 43 fatalities. However, survivors and rescue-workers maintain that there were many more victims, unaccounted for due to their illegal status. All evidence of their existence was incinerated by the intense kerosene-fuelled inferno. Into Thin Air is the untold story of the Bijlmer plane crash and those unnamed victims.

Into Thin Air gives an insight into the lives of the illegal inhabitants (particularly those within the Ghanian community) of Klein Kruitberg, many of whom disappeared after the disaster. We catch a glimpse of the colourful and lively underground world they had created for themselves and their hopes for the future, as they hide from the outside world for fear of deportation. As we come to understand their secret lives, we also come to realize why they were so untraceable after the disaster.

Although Into Thin Air is based on a true event that happened to real people; our characters and their stories are fictional. While many survivors still insist that many more victims indeed existed even now, 20 years later, we cannot prove or identity who these unnamed people were. This story and its characters simply offer a researched insight into who the undocumented inhabitants of Klein Kruitberg may have been and how they lived before their untimely death.

Besides the story behind their disappearance, the film also explores the themes of identity, existence and immortalization. If you were to die today without the proper papers, leaving no trace behind in modern society, did you actually exist? Today these victims are still not officially accounted for and live on only in the fading memories of the survivors who knew them, and that is what makes the premise of this film so relevant.

With the 2012 Bijlmer disaster memorial service possibly being the final one, this film seeks to honour those victims who would otherwise be forgotten.

Director Daniel Bruce

Daniel Bruce (1981) is originally from south Africa where he studied as an art director a the prestigious Red & Yellow School of Advertising and worked as a lead graphic designer in the publishing industry. After emigrating to the Netherlands in 2001 he found his creative passion as a director. Since them he done commercials for brands such as Bacardi, Coco Cola, Philips and Vodafone and directed international award winning short films and music videos. Having studied as an actor himself, he has a keen sense of narrative and he is deeply immersed in high-end visual effects. 

Speelman

Category: One Night Stand
Director: Klaartje Quirijns
Writer: Jaap Peter Enderlé 
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-produced by: NTR, VARA & VPRO

Businessman Sweder Speelman leads a successful life with his wife Cecile, a celebrated concert pianist. When his momentum is slowed down by small events, his autopilot seems to start failing. The world around him seems to exclude him more and more making him a spectator of his own life. When he follows a cat into an empty house, he is rewarded with a secret view of his own villa and Cecile. Sweder decides to disappear to see how Cecile responds to his absence. As Sweder obsessively observes his wife he slowly loses touch with himself and reality.

Director: Klaartje Quirijns

Klaartje Quirijns has directed many documentaries, including Anton Corbijn Inside Out, Peace vs. Justice, The Brooklyn Connection and The Dictator Hunter. Speelman is her first fiction film. After studying law, Klaartje Quirijns worked as a director at the NPS and the VPRO. Klaartje lived for ten years in New York where she worked on documentaries and made a video installation made for the Kunsthal. She currently lives in London. Anton Corbijn Inside Out is a portrait of the internationally successful photographer and director who she followed the world over for a period of four years the world over. The documentary won the Prix Italia. Her film The Dictator Hunter premiered at the Toronto film Festival in 2007, was nominated for the European Film Awards and won several other awards.

Across The Street

Category: short film
Director: Wouter Stoter
Writer: Gerry de Hoogh
Producers:  Sander Verdonk & Trent
Executive Producer: Marius van der Weerd
D.O.P.: Adam Fillenz
Gaffer: Zen Bloot
Art Director: Anneloes Uijen de Kleijn
Sound: Tim van Peppen – Richard Wilder – Stefan Meutstege
Styling: Gabrielle De Gersigny
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Editor: Wouter van Luijn

A restrained drama, about Moos (33), who is extremely excited when she unexpectedly receives an invite for the party of the new neighbours Suzanne (42) and Ralf (60). Her husband Berend (37) reluctantly joins her even though he is tired from work.

The party however is nothing like she expected. They witness the escalating tension in their neighbor’s marriage, and a strained mood fills the big, white, empty apartment. To make matters worse Berend seems to fall for Suzanne’s charms and that while Moos’s nipples start leaking as she hears the baby crying over the baby phone.

But the desperate situation is a wake up call for Moos. At the pinnacle of the miserable evening Moos decides to take matters into her own hands. The party is ruined, but she can still save her own relationship. Silently the two leave their neighbours and as they walk back home she knows Berend sees her as the woman he loves.

Director – Wouter Stoter

Wouter graduated in graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He worked as graphic designer for a few years and directed several leaders and music videos. In 2007 he joined Comrad and began directing commercials. He loves concept driven scripts with a visual and personal approach. Wouter was featured in ‘Shots December 2008′.

Emilie

Category: Stop-motion animation
Writer/director: Olivier Pesch
Producers: Anne Schroeder, Jani Thiltges - Samsa Film (LU)
Co-producer: Sander Verdonk – CTM LEV Pictures 
Language: French
Duration: 17 minutes

Emilie, a little 7-year-old girl, lives on a huge rubbish dump with her father, a scientist, who is building a secret machine. She feels lonely, until one day she meets three playful monkeys and her life transfroms. But not only her own life changes, also the scientific goal of her father and even more… their entire environment.