Light as Feathers*, the debut feature by Dutch director/screenwriter Rosanne Pel will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is selected for TIFF's Discovery section. Light as Feathers is produced by Family Affair Films (NL) and international sales are handled by Wide.
Light as Feathers introduces 15-year-old Eryk who lives with his mother, grandmother and great grandmother in a goose-pluckers' village in Poland. His father has been out of the picture for as long as he can remember. His mother, with whom he has a close relationship, is manipulative and domineering. Erik has feelings for his 13-year-old neighbour Klaudia, and we follow him over several years, trying to win Klaudia's heart. But Erik doesn't know the difference between love and abuse...The film like Boyhood was filmed over three years, following the young actors as they transit their own teenage years as well as the characters they play.
Three minority Dutch co-productions are also selected for Toronto's Discovery programme: Locarno winner Too Late to Die Young* (NL co-producer: Circe Films) by Chilean Dominga Sotomayor who received the Leopard for Best Director, Lukas Dhont's Girl*, that won several awards in Cannes, among which the Caméra d'Or, and Rafiki* (NL co-producer: Rinkel Film) by Wanuri Kahiu, which world premiered in Cannes Un Certain regard.
Previously, the festival announced the selection of a large number of other (co-)productions from the Netherlands:
Retrospekt*, the long awaited second feature by award-winning director/screenwriter Esther Rots, will world-premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema programme of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is produced by Rots Filmwerk (NL) and Column Film (NL) in co-production with Serendipity Films (BE).
Three minority Dutch co-productions are also selected for TIFF's Contemporary World Cinema programme: the international premiere of Angel* by Koen Mortier (NL co-producer: Graniet Film), the world premiere of Stupid Young Heart* by Selma Vilhunen (NL co-producer: Windmill Film), and Cannes winner Donbass* by Sergei Loznitsa (NL co-producers: Graniet Film and Wild at Art).
Sergei Loznitsa's The Trial*, produced by Atoms & Void (NL) in co-production with Wild at Art (NL) is presented in the Wavelengths section. The film, which first world premieres in Venice Out of Competition
The world premiere of minority Dutch co-production Rojo*, directed by Benjamín Naishtat (NL co-producer: Viking Film) takes place in Platform competition.
Short Cuts competition includes L'été et tout le reste*, directed by Sven Bresser and produced by IJswater Films (NL). They will previously celebrate the world premiere in Venice's Orizzonti Short Films Competition. Also in Short Cuts competition is the Belgian/Dutch/French short This Magnificent Cake* by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef (NL co-producer: PEDRI animation), which world-premiered in Cannes Quinzaine.
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs 6-16 September 2018.
*supported by the Netherlands Film Fund