During the year, many films that premiered at IDFA get released in the Netherlands. The films listed below can now be streamed online via Picl (only available within the Netherlands).
Prince of Muck
Days in the life of this formal but cheerful man unfold to the rhythm of the island in Dutch filmmaker Cindy Jansen’s calm, observational shots. Lawrence hugs the cows, drives cattle with his grandchildren, and reads out extracts from his diaries that span decades, applying the same methodical approach to his notations of wind directions and deaths.
Mr. Bachmann and His Class
A monumental portrait of a teacher whose students learn far more than the standard curriculum: the capacity for self-reflection, how to build self-confidence, and the musical skills for a shaky but heartwarming rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven's Door.”
Celebrated Russian director Victor Kossakovsky has been a vegetarian since his early youth. Gunda marks the fulfilment of his long-held wish to make a film about pigs. His clear intention is to engender empathy and respect for animals, without commentary and without resorting to sentimental music.