The Netherlands Online Film Festival 2016
Roll out the red carpet and grab some popcorn, because the third edition of “One Touch”, the Netherlands Online Film Festival in China, has taken off. This year in the leading role: children.
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From the 20th of March until the 20th of June, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands introduces twelve exciting Dutch films, documentaries and short movies to the Chinese audience. Every month, four new movies can be viewed online for free on Tencent. You can access the website by scanning the QR code below or click on the link in the right-hand column.
March 20 – April 20: Finn, Around the World in 50 Concerts, The Bombing, Magnesium
April 20 – May 20: Kauwboy, Lillet Never Happened, Jackie, The Call
May 20 – June 20: Milo, Don't Leave Me, New World, If Mama Ain’t Happy
Dutch children's movies
This year’s movie selection will show innovation, creativity and open-mindedness, all elements for which the Netherlands is well-known. What makes Dutch Children’s movies stand out from the rest, is how they make difficult subjects approachable and understandable for children. Therefore Dutch children’s movies are acclaimed on a global scale, and have won many international film prices. It is not surprising children have the leading role during this edition of “One Touch”.
The festival opened officially with an offline screening of the movie “Finn” (2013) at Broadway Cinematheque MOMA in Beijing on the 20th of March 2016. This children’s movie is about a nine year old boy who loves to play music. His father prefers he just plays football. Is Finn the only one who can see how enchanting music can be?
“Finn” has won many international awards, including the Jury Award at the Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival, and is well received by the international film industry. According to the Doha Film Institute this movie provides “a mysterious atmosphere of twists and surprises that is maintained until the final triumphant moments. “Finn” warms the heart – and it might even make you believe in magic.”
In June the children’s movie “Milo” (2012) will be available on Tencent. Milo is an isolated 10-year-old boy with sensitive skin and a controlling father. “The thing that makes Milo special is that when the boy finds out about his condition then you immediately understand what kind a shock it is. It’s about the acceptance of what you are, as you are. And that’s a universal thing”, said San Fu Maltha, the producer of Milo.
Documentaries and short movies
Besides children’s movies the Dutch film industry is also flourishing on several other fronts. The long tradition of Dutch documentaries will not be forgotten during this edition of “One Touch”. Dutch documentaries are famous for the combination of deep emotions and solid factual filming. A perfect example of these features is “Don't leave me” (2013) made by the directors Niels van Koevorden and Sabine Lubbe Bakker. This documentary tells the story of two friends who want to disappear from life. While their country is falling apart, two lost souls cling to each other.
The Netherlands is known for being the home of famous movie stars. During the second month of the film festival the movie “Jackie” (2012) will be presented, featuring Carice van Houten, who is also well-known in China. The movie describes the story of Dutch twin sisters traveling to America to look for their long-lost mother.
Besides showing movies from established Dutch moviemakers, “One Touch” will also present the graduation works of young talented moviemakers from the Netherlands Film Academy. “Magnesium” (2013) tells the story of Isabel, a young talented gymnast. A couple of days before she faces her last chance to reach the top, she discovers something that will change her life completely.
In sum, this year’s edition of “One touch” brings a wide movie variety to the Chinese audience. From children to grownups, everyone can tune in with “One Touch” and enjoy Dutch movies and Dutch culture during the next three months.