Younger Days Directed
Paula van der Oest The Netherlands / 2017 / 85 minutes East Coast Premiere
In Dutch with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Steef Cuijpers
From one of Netherlands’ most celebrated female directors comes the story of an eclectic group of middle-aged, former band mates who reunite at a large country house, decades after their band disbanded, to scatter the ashes of their deceased front man on the anniversary of his birthday. As old relationship are quickly revisited and relived, the gathering is interrupted by the arrival of one of the friends’ striking, young, blonde girlfriend. The sharp contrast between those in their fifties and the attending twenty-something-year-olds is palpable as conversations about midlife crisis, addiction, infidelity, and loneliness traverse the generations. Guided by a strong cast, Younger Days is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is utterly entertaining. —Svetlana Krotek
BIO: Paula van der Oest is a Dutch writer/director whose film credits are many and include the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Language Film Zus & Zo.. Some of her recent projects include The Accused and Tonio, both of which were selected as the Dutch Oscar submission for those years. Other outstanding films include Black Butterflies, which received multiple awards both in the Netherlands and the U.S., The Domino Effect, which earned a Best Director award, and her lauded thriller Moonlight.
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