This year, FFO also will once again pay attention to The Netherlands, a country with a rich film history and industry.
This remarkable acting debut of Vicky Knight deserves extra attention given the authenticity of the scars on her body. Years ago, she ended up in a house fire, but now the wounds serve as the vital obstacle in Sacha Polak’s third feature film. Knight plays a woman who was attacked by her husband with a corrosive acid and now tries to deal with the lasting physical and mental scars.
In this Dutch movie, everything revolves around the fascinating performance by Circé Lethem, who plays the traumatized Mette. She is in the final phase of rehabilitation after witnessing a fight that got out of hand. It caused the death of a guard. The second film by Esther Rots feels like a time bomb ticking backwards - an intelligent psychological study in which disorientation and anxiety slowly increase.
Following the successful television series, director Arne Toonen returns to the early years of the most famous Dutch police officer ever. ‘Baantjer: Het Begin’ takes place in the eighties in Amsterdam, when inspector de Cock – with c, o, c, k – becomes involved in a case that endangers the Dutch Royal Family.
Kimmy is Dutch and Nazir is Tunisian. They got married in Tunisia. When he doesn't receive a visa at the start of the Arab Spring, he decides to travel to The Netherlands illegally to witness the birth of his son. A starring role for the Belgian Nabil Mallat, a familiar face for everyone who has seen 'Image' or 'Cordon'.
The once successful graphic novel author Marie (the German Susanne Wolff) has been living in the Amsterdam red light district for years. After the loss of her mother, however, she's completely incapable of drawing new material. She tries to drown her sorrows in vain, until she realizes she has to face her fears.