Dorst (Craving) Directed
Saskia Diesing Netherlands / 2018 / 96 minutes East Coast Premiere
In Dutch with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Saskia Diesing
Lovely, young Coco has no idea what to do with her life. Plagued by numerous questions about her childhood, she is desperate for any kind of love. Based on the novel by one of Netherlands' finest authors, Esther Gerritsen, who collaborated with director Saskia Diesing on the script, it is clear from the start that Coco's relationship with her mother is strained, and her powerful older lover is rather dispassionate. When she learns her aloof, albeit charming mother is terminally ill, Coco decides to move in and dedicate herself to caring for her even though her mother isn't interested in having her there. The timeless question of what it means to be 'family' anchors Craving, and the three strong lead roles are perfectly cast in this very intimate, personal and lustful black comedy that runs the gamut from hilarious to, at times, outright uncomfortable. - Monique Ray
BIO: Saskia Diesing graduated from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in 1996 and directed several acclaimed TV movies at Dutch public broadcast VPRO. She co-wrote Een goed leven, which was nominated for Best TV-Drama at the Netherlands Film Festival. In 2014, her first feature, Nena, was nominated for five awards at the Netherlands Film Festival, and it won Best Actress and Best Director. Moreover, Nena was selected in 2015 for Berlinale Generation and won special mention. Craving was made with the assistance of Media Luna, the film's sales agent.
Cast/Featuring: Elise van 't Laar, Simone Kleinsma, Leopold Witte, Stephan de Walle, Margôt Ros
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