Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

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    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, and Frontlight, an international jury will choose the winners of the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film. The following films are in the running for the award.

    Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

    Darkness There and Nothing More

    • Tea Tupajic
    • 2021

      Bosnia-born director Tea Tupajic invites two Dutch war veterans who served during the fall of Srebrenica to spend a night in her company. She wants answers to painful questions, but also tries to discover something in the two men that can give her hope.

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      Four Journeys

      • Louis Hothothot
      • 2021

        Amsterdam-based filmmaker Louis Hothothot was born in China, a second child in the era of the one-child policy. His birth had devastating consequences for his parents, and when he visits them he discovers other distressing events in the family as well.

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        Housewitz

        • Oeke Hoogendijk
        • 2021

          Scenes which seem very ordinary—filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk’s elderly mother in her living room, watching television with her cat—gradually develop into the portrait of an astute woman who has to live each day with the Holocaust as her housemate.

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          Jason

          • Maasja Ooms
          • 2021

            The final part of Maasja Ooms’ shocking trilogy about the failing Dutch youth welfare services. She follows 22-year-old Jason as he undergoes trauma therapy and pursues his mission to save others from suffering in the same way.

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            Lessons for Luca

            • Salvador Gieling
            • 2021

              In Cuba—modern Cuba—a farmer gets a six-year sentence for selling his own cow. Like all the best family sagas, Lessons for Luca paints a picture that’s both about individuals and society as a whole.

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              A Marble Travelogue

              • Sean Wang
              • 2021

                With a light touch and wry humor, A Marble Travelogue portrays the Greek and Chinese marble production chain. The film makes complex connections and highlights the European aspirations of the Chinese middle class in a visually seductive style.

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                The Mirror and the Window

                • Diego Gutiérrez
                • 2021

                  Diego Gutiérrez is asked to film the final phase of life of two loved ones: his mother and his best friend. On the threshold of death, events that have shaped their lives emerge.

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                  O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times

                  • Pim Zwier
                  • 2021

                    A fascinating archive film about the oologist Max Schönwetter, who devoted his life to the study of birds’ eggs. He collected 19,206 beautiful specimens, from birds ranging from the tiny warbler to the rhea. In the meantime, WWII was looming.

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                    Shabu

                    • Shamira Raphaëla
                    • 2021

                      When 14-year-old Shabu wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, he has to work all summer to repair the damage—both to the car and to the family ties. Meanwhile, more enticing things beckon, such as making music, for which he has big plans.

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                      Turn Your Body to the Sun

                      • Aliona van der Horst
                      • 2021

                        The powerful story of a Soviet soldier who was a prisoner of war during the Second World War and afterwards sent to a gulag. His daughter never got to hear the whole story. Archive footage and personal sources evoke the past in subtle but potent ways.

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