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Robert Jan Westdijk The Netherlands / 2016 / 93 minutes North American Premiere
In Dutch and English with Subtitles
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Robert Jan Westdijk
Not your typical father/ son bonding experience, a middle age crime novelist with a soft spot for the ladies, and his awkward 20 year old son, both dumped by their partners at the same time, embark on a trip from Amsterdam to Edinburgh on the pretext of a publicity tour. Their strained relationship and personal demons begin to heal with the aid of two local women, while the music of the renowned (Dutch) band The Waterboys serves as the catalyst for the individualized turning points for the two men. A double coming-of-age film, Waterboys is a warm and amusing story of an estranged father who needed to be shaken up from his revelry and endless playboy adventures and do some growing up, and a son who had to learn to take life less seriously. Despite the levity, this charming and easy-going comedy is a movie of surprising depth.— Svetlana Krotek
Dutch filmmaker Robert Jan Westdijk burst onto the scene in 1995 with his debut Zusje. This independently produced film won the Best Film award at the Netherlands Film Festival and went on to win twelve awards at film festivals around the world. In the following years he made four more feature films that were successful at the Dutch box office and amassed a total of eight national Dutch film awards and eleven nominations. But after shooting the thriller The Dinner Club, he took a break from filmmaking in search of a new balance and purpose. The result was Waterboys, his most personal and heartfelt film to date, which was welcomed with unanimous four star reviews by the Dutch film press when it was released in the final weeks of 2016.
Cast/Featuring: Leopold Witte, Tim Linde, Helen Belbin, Julie McLellan, The Waterboys
Producer(s): Maarten van der Ven, Robert Jan Westdijk
Director(s): Robert Jan Westdijk
Screenwriter(s): Robert Jan Westdijk
Cinematographer(s): Alex Wuijts
Editor(s): Ruben van der Hammen, Robert Jan Westdijk
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