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Poster for The Vanishing (1988) 35th anniversary screenings

The Vanishing (1988) 35th anniversary screenings

Opens on June 16

Director: George Sluizer Run Time: 107 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1988

Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gène Bervoets, Gwen Eckhaus, Johanna ter Steege, Pierre Forget

Country: Netherlands, France, West Germany
Language: Dutch, French, English

About the film:

A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind.

An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1988) unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.

The Vanishing (1988) was the Dutch entry for the 61st Academy Awards.

About the filmmaker:

George Sluizer was a Dutch film and television director, producer and screenwriter. Called a master of the thriller genre, he may be best known for directing two versions of The Vanishing, a 1988 Dutch-language release, originally titled Spoorloos, and the 1993 American remake. Over the course of his career, he directed films in six languages. His first film, the documentary Hold Back the Sea (1961), won a Silver Bear the Berlin Film Festival. His other features include Utz (1992)Crimetime (1995), and Dark Blood, which remained unfinished for 19 years after the death of lead actor River Phoenix, but was later completed and premiered at the 2012 Netherlands Film Festival in 2012.

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