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The Columnist

Opens on May 7
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Director: Ivo van Aart Run Time: 86 min. Rating: NR

Starring: Bram van der Kelen, Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman

Country: Netherlands
Language: Dutch

Presented in our Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Film Movement.

“This story needs to be handled with both wit and sheer terror, and they’ve pulled it off beautifully, making a rare socially conscious (and deliciously fun) revenge thriller”

– Matthew Kiernan for Fantasia International Film Festival

About the film:

Official Selection of Fantasia, FrightFest, and Cleveland International Film Festival 2020.

Femke Boot is a columnist who is obsessed with reading the endless abusive messages and death threats posted about her on social media instead of working on her novel. One day, she’s had enough. She surrenders to her rage and begins to lead a double life as a daytime writer and nighttime murderer.

About the filmmakers:

Feature directorial debut for Ivo van Aart with a script by his long-time creative partner Daan Windhorst. After meeting in a youth theater class, the two knew they wanted to craft films that tell human stories in innovative ways using new techniques, media and styles.

Van Aart graduated from Utrecht School of the Arts in 2012 with the film Quantum Zeno, a coming-of-age story written by Windhorst set at the end of the world. The two created multiple well-received series and the interactive YouTube-film Love & Engineering, which was nominated for a Prix Europa, the preeminent European television award. Van Aart also created the virtual reality installation VPRO Peepshow, which premiered at the music and performing arts festival Lowland and was showcased at the Dutch Design Week.

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