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.


Category: Short film
Writer/director: Ruben van Leer
Producer: CTM Pictures
Co-producer: Westframe
Genre: Experimental dance film 
Language: English
Duration: 20 minutes
Distributor: Formostfilm

Symmetry is a dance & opera film in which science and choreography in the personification of Lucas set out on an existential search. Quantum mechanical  experiments are released upon dance and vice versa in order to form a parable about the building blocks of life in a new figurative language.

The film shows shots of three moments – at CERN, in an ice landscape and on a molecular level inside his body – during which Lucas gets acquainted with the symmetry that is formed by the building blocks of life.

After completing a pilgrimage around the world Lucas arrives in an ice landscape. There, on the serene ice fields, he meets Vala, an old and wise female shaman. She initiates a ritual dance that Lucas undergoes and that confronts him with his body and his past. In the visions evoked by the dance he makes a journey through his own memories and through his body, looking for truth and his own identity.

In his mind, Lucas returns to CERN, where as a young scientist he looked for the divine in the shape of the particle from which life originated during the Big Bang. He kept himself locked in a rational world that started weighing down on him more and more. Fearing his own destruction he abandoned his career and started looking for another truth than science.

The snow crystals falling from the sky in the ice landscape and data visualisations from the research at CERN represent his realm of ideas and are literally moved by his dance. Worlds that are invisible to the naked eye and that seem endlessly far apart from one another have gained a new and coherent meaning for Lucas. In a vision in which Lucas travels back to CERN he meets several reflections of himself in a group dance. By observing himself in different moments in time and space, Lucas realizes that life adopts uncontrollable manifestations. When he comes to himself again in the ice landscape, it is the first time for Lucas to see that he really consists of all possible forms of himself.

Ruben van Leer

Artist Statement
I look through the microscope with a digital camera. I see beautiful crystallization processes that regenerate in my body every moment of the day. The camera becomes a true extension of my body. My eyes, so used to looking at the surface of big things in the world – a human body, a building, a spoon – now they can look at microscopic particles of myself.

I filmed dancer Lukas Timulak and soprano singer Claron McFadden in the world’s biggest machine 100 meters under the ground: CERN in Geneva. A delicate voice and a tiny movement surrounded by an incredible structure build by our Western knowledge economy. I want to stretch the in-between space within this overwhelming system we have build together.

My previous work with e.g. film maker Peter Greenaway, opera maker Michel van der Aa and pop-band The Black Eyed Peas gave me insight into the necessity of connecting different art and science disciplines. With the internet and growing embedded network systems, the power of many is taking a leap in our world. How we deal with Western technology is not solely a tool in my work, but becomes also the story.

For the coming year I will realize my visual opera ‘Symmetry’, a 20 min film (NTR, NL3) which deals with dance, music and quantum physical data-visuals. The medium film has become a starting point and a way to frame my explorations.

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. 


Dames 4

Category: Telefilm
Director: Maurice Trouwborst
Writer: Lotte Tabbers
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Language: Dutch

The immature Wyne (32) starts a football team to rebel against all her friends who’s lives have become dull and boring since either giving birth or becoming pregnant. However, she threatens to lose everything through unexpected events.

Director Maurice Trouwborst

Maurice Trouwborst graduated in 2006 as director at the Utrecht School of Arts. His graduation film Jef a fictional, absurdist tale about the Dutch soap actor Bartho Braat won three awards. After this, he directed several short films including Urfeld for One Night Stand, Stalker and the viral A Merry Hunt. In addition, he directed a documentary series about the Black Cross for the VPRO and music videos for artists like De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. He currently writes and directs for the TV program Villa Achterwerk, is working on a documentary about the League against Swearing and directs commercials at production house Cake.