We won two (TWO!) prizes in Bulgaria at the very nice Master of Art-Film Festival. 'Best documentary in Literature' and 'Best Debut'! In this picture you can see how happy we are. Also everybody, go visit Bulgaria once, it's a great country.
Our film on Etgar Keret is going strong in Turkey now. We did a few interviews and answered in our best Turkish.
In de kinderdocumentaire-serie 'Nog Een Week' volgen we zes kinderen in de aanloop van een spannende gebeurtenis. Gisteren was mijn aflevering over Francisco te zien (188.000 kijkertjes!). Francisco is een Portugese jongen die kunstschaatser wil worden, maar het jammer vindt dat er zo weinig jongens zijn die ook kunstschaatsen, dus hup mannen, ga op kunstschaatsen! Het is fantastisch.
Kijk de aflevering hier terug.
Soon, Rutger and I will be going to Taiwan (Chiayi) to show our film 'Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story'. Etgar Keret is very popular in a few countries scattered around the world and Taiwan is one of them. He himself has no idea why the people of this Asian country love his Israeli stories, but maybe we'll find out. Also we are very much looking forward to getting to watch this giant tower in Taipei. Please let us know if you have any tips!
De stoere Eowyn heeft cerebrale parese (haar hersenen sturen haar benen niet goed aan) en wil van een speciale school naar een normale school waar ze HAVO kan doen, zodat ze later gynaecoloog kan worden. Dit weekend waren we bij ZappLive om te praten over onze aflevering van 'Nog Een Week' die zondag te zien was op NPO3. Hier terug te zien.
Afgelopen maanden heb ik met Anna Peeters en Marinka de Jongh aan de kinderdocumentaire-serie 'Nog Een Week' gewerkt en die is vanaf deze zondag iedere zondag om 19u25 (prime-time!) te zien op de VPRO. Mijn afleveringen gaan over de bijzondere Eowyn, die met haar beperking van een speciale school naar een normale school wil gaan, en over de heldhaftige Francisco, die als enige jongen van zijn school wil kunstschaatsen. Dus haal je kinderen van Youtube en zet ze voor de tv!
Time Out Tel Aviv did an interview with Rutger Lemm and me on our film about Etgar Keret. Unfortunately, we still can't read Hebrew, so we have know idea what they say. We've heard they are positive! If not, please, be quiet and keep us in our sweet dream...
So, if you can read Hebrew, it's here.
Also the screenings in Australia went very well if I may believe some very enthusiastic reactions on Facebook and in my inbox.
I am editing the footage I shot with my friend Jaehoon Cho for his Stella Foundation right now. I filmed his crazy idea to bike from the Kilimanjaro to Cape of Good Hope to raise awareness for depression in Korea. This beautiful landscape was in Namibia and makes me miss that beautiful country a lot!
Today The Times of Israel published a great piece about our film on Etgar Keret. You can read it here. I liked the title already: 'A hunt for the kernel of truth behind Etgar Keret’s stories'.
We had some very nice screenings at the Haifa Film Festival and we managed to organise extra screenings at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv. Hopefully there will be more.
On this picture we were all together, from left to right: Gur Bentwich (filmmaker, interviewee and good friend of Etgar), then it's me, then Shira (filmmaker and Etgar's wife, so if you want to know the truth about Etgar, ask her), Rutger (my partner in crime), Etgar himself and Peter Vandrie (our composer).
We are very excited that our film on Etgar Keret will be screened in Israel soon. The Haifa Film Festival will screen it twice and the first screening, our Israeli premiere, is already sold out!
For more information on the screenings at Haifa Film Festival follow this link.
After the festival we'll have a screening at the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv. Tickets available here.
I really like this piece about our screening of 'Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story' on the Dutch Film Festival. It's in Dutch, but here's a quote:
'Whoever we talked to after the screening, everybody was enthusiastic about 'Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story'. Like Nina: 'I thought this was the best movie of the day.'
People in the Netherlands can still see it this Wednesday in De Balie.
For an upcoming short film about the life of some immigrants and refugees in Antwerp my mother is drawing the set background! She has done an amazing job with some huge drawings.
The film will be shown in September on a public square in Antwerp and after that it will be available on Youtube.
We had a week with some amazing reviews of the film in Dutch newspapers. Translated they sound like this:
"Funny, endearing and moving portrait of the fantastic Etgar Keret" - de Volkskrant
"Amazing documentary" - Het Parool
"Funny and mercilessly beautiful. Keeps hopping around in my head." - Micha Wertheim, comedian
"Original, imaginatively crafted documentary." - De VPRO Gids
"Playful and original. Really cool." -Henk van Straten, writer
"Funny and upbeat, but ultimately on a bed of the Holocaust past and the tough Middle Eastern reality." -De Groene Amsterdammer
"Wondrous documentary about a writer who promotes life." -Alma Mathijsen, writer
"Brilliant." -Nooit Meer Slapen, radio show
"Afterwards, you're guaranteed to feel happy. Really happy. And you want to read Etgar Keret's books." -Jaap Robben, writer
When we were filming our documentary Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story in Tel Aviv, I saw a guy that I still knew from Amsterdam sitting on a bench. It was Peter Vandrie, an amazing musician, who had just moved there with his Israeli girlfriend. We had a beer and I told him about our film about Etgar Keret. 'What? Keret? That's my favourite writer!' he said. 'Let me make the music for your film with my friend (who's also an amazing musician) Orel!' So they did, worked very hard on their funky tunes and the music fits the film really well! Peter will even come to Amsterdam to do a short live show at Het Ketelhuis. So don't miss it and make sure you buy your tickets fast here: http://www.ketelhuis.nl/…/ketelhuis-forum-etgar-keret-…/2057
And there it is, finally, after a few years of work: the trailer for the documentary on Etgar Keret!