From October 11 until October 15 the Woodstock Film Festival will take place in Woodstock, NY. During this year’s festival three Dutch movies will be screened, “Waterboys”, “The Chocolate Case” and “A Real Vermeer”. For the full schedule click here.
About Woodstock Film Festival
Hailed as “A True American Maverick Among Fests” and named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films and hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.
At the Woodstock Film Festival, participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual environment, one that is conducive to creativity, networking and a good time, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition to drawing sold-out audiences from the 20 million people who live within a two-hour drive, the festival has attracted visitors from all parts of the country and the world.
Festival mainstays include industry executives, television anchors, network and cable executives, magazine and newspaper editors, record label executives, writers, painters, models, entertainment lawyers, producers, critics and publishers.
About “Waterboys” by Robert Jan Westdijk
North American Premiere!
October 13, 13:30 pm – Upstate Films I Rhinebeck
October 14, 12:30 pm – Upstate Films Woodstock
Q&A participant: Robert Jan Westdijk
“Waterboys” is a road comedy that starts when crime novelist Victor and his twenty-year-old cello playing son Zack both have become single. During a trip from Amsterdam to Scotland, they are forced to confront themselves and finally get to know each other. A funny and touching film about a father who have to grow up and sons who should take life a little easier.
Cast: Leopold Witte, Tim Linde, Helen Belbin, Julie McLellan, Miles Jupp, Tom Mannion
About “The Chocolate Case” by Benthe Forrer
North American Premiere!
October 13, 10:45 pm – Upstate Films Woodstock
October 14, 1:00 pm – Orpheum Theatre Saugerties
Q&A participant: Benthe Forrer
Here’s a horrifying thought: every time you buy a bar of chocolate, you’re helping finance slavery and child labour. This is the premise of The Chocolate Case, a Dutch documentary that follows a group of curious and intrepid journalists on their journey of discovery, protest and disappointment after they become aware that all big chocolate brands are implicated in slavery and child labour. The group’s efforts were partially successful: although they didn’t manage to get themselves convicted of financing child labour through buying chocolate (a case which would have set an incredible precedent in Europe, criminalising most chocolate-buyers), they did manage to create and put to market a slave-free chocolate bar which went on to become the Netherlands’ leading chocolate bar choice, and is still producing ethically-sourced cocoa beans today. The Chocolate Case explores some very serious matters but manages to do so in a way that isn’t oppressive or dark.
About “A Real Vermeer” by Rudolf van den Berg
October 13, 8:30 pm – Orpheum Saugerties
October 15, 2:00 pm – Upstate Films Woodstock
Q&A participant: Rudolph van den Berg
Young and talented Han van Meegeren is a rebel in the early 1920’s Amsterdam art-scene. Because he paints in the style of his idols Rembrandt and Vermeer, critics find his work old-fashioned and they call him a copycat. Just to prove a point, he produces a fake Vermeer and tries to pass it off as a real one. It works. Instead of revealing the truth and thereby embarrassing the art world, he continues to make money off of his many forgeries. Soon he is caught in a web of lies and deceit, and his life spins out of control. Then, one day, high ranking Nazi Hermann Göring knocks on his door, looking for a Vermeer for his private collection.
Cast: Jeroen Spitzenberger, Lize Feryn, Roeland Fernhout
Tickets go on sale September 20.