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Punks

Rotjochies
Maasja Ooms
Netherlands
2019
90 min
World Premiere
Festival history
IDFA Award for Best Editing

The parents are at their wits’ end, so a temporary supervision order is the last hope for a group of teenagers in Punks. Now, on a remote farm in France, they’re going to have to get their lives back on track, with the help of a counselor.

If they want any chance of a happy life, they need to engage in some frank and painful conversations. Mitchel has to find a way to get along with his father, but maybe too much has already happened since his mother died. Jahlano is already at the next stage: he’s no longer allowed to live with his mother, and needs to get over the disappointment. Mike, meanwhile, is struggling with his image as a boy who’s “got a screw loose.”

Filmed in constant close-up by director Maasja Ooms, the teenagers try to tame their demons with music and therapy, but problems from the past keep resurfacing. In this intimate and sincere portrait, these troubled kids show us their most vulnerable sides.

Credits
Director
Production
    Willemijn Cerutti for Cerutti Film
    Willemijn Cerutti for Cerutti Film
Involved TV Channel
    VPRO
    VPRO
Screening copy
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
World Sales
    Dutch CORE
    Dutch CORE

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