Borgman 2013

Directed by Alex van Warmerdam Incredibly Strange

This delirious Dutch thriller, with shades of the comic and surreal, sees a vagrant trickster named Borgman insinuate himself into the lives of an arrogant and affluent upper class family, with darkly hilarious results.

Jul 27

SKYCITY Theatre

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Jul 31

Event Cinemas Queen Street

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Netherlands In Dutch and English with English subtitles
113 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R16 (content may disturb, offensive language, violence)

Screenplay

Alex van Warmerdam

Producer

Marc van Warmerdam

Photography

Tom Erisman

Editor

Job ter Berg

Production designer

Geert Paredis

Costume designer

Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Music

Vincent van Warmerdam

With

Jan Bijvoet (Borgman)
,
Hadewych Minis (Marina)
,
Jeroen Perceval (Richard)
,
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen (Stine)
,
Eva van de Wijdeven (Ilonka)
,
Annet Malherbe (Brenda)
,
Tom Dewispelaere (Pascal)
,
Alex van Warmerdam (Ludwig)

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition)
,
Toronto
,
Vancouver
,
London 2013
,
San Francisco 2014

Elsewhere

The first Dutch film in competition at Cannes in 40 years, this uncomfortable domestic thriller channels the psychological observations of Michael Haneke and the class preoccupations of Harold Pinter with sardonic, and frequently hilarious, results. Awakening from a nap, greasy-haired 40-something ne’er-do-well Camiel Borgman emerges from his underground forest lair to escape a manhunt led by a well-armed priest. On the lam, Borgman and his earthy associates retreat into safe suburbia. When Borgman arrives on the doorstep of wealthy couple Maria and Richard and asks for a bath, his request is declined. This refusal initiates a deadly game between Borgman, his associates and the affluent family. The first murder that occurs sets off a succession of moral pretzels that twist this seemingly perfect family to pieces. Welcome to the adult fable world of director Alex van Warmerdam, where the whimsical and the sinister so elegantly embrace. Slick, sophisticated, supernaturally seductive and boasting pitch-perfect performances, Borgman is a delirious Dutch addition to the home-invasion genre.