The European

  • Dirk Jan Roeleven
  • Netherlands, The
  • 2016
  • 90 min
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A WhatsApp message to Dutch politician Frans Timmermans: would he take part in a documentary? “Behind the scenes and up close” is how filmmaker Dirk Jan Roeleven describes the essence of his request. He follows Timmermans for nearly two years, from his appointment as Vice-President of the European Commission to the Brexit referendum. The film moves at the swift pace of Timmermans’s life. We shift effortlessly from an interview with CNN, a visit to a refugee camp in Greece, a meeting with Ban Ki-moon and a deadline for Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. Timmermans demonstrates that this doesn’t come at the cost of his family life when he buys some sneakers for his daughter during a summit in New York, and makes time for a soccer game with his son. As he is filmed in taxis, planes and cheerless hotel rooms, he talks openly about his assertiveness and the qualities of a good diplomat.


  • 90 min
  • color
  • DCP
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De Familie Film & TV
Dirk Jan Roeleven
Monique Busman for De Familie Film & TV
Rob Hodselmans, Mark Bakker, Mark van Aller
Hinne Brouwer

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