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Hunting and Sons (Hunting & zn)


THE N E THER L ANDS Director: Sander Burger Producer: NFI Productions


Screenwriters: Dragan Bakema, Sander Burger, Maria Kraakman Cinematographer: Sal Kroonenberg Editor: Manuel Rombley


Cast: Dragan Bakema, Hans Hoes, Noel Keulen, Maria Kraakman, Rick Nicolet, Celia Nufaar, Mirjam Stolwijk


2010/color/93 min.


SANDER BURGER Sander Burger began his filmmaking career as a production manager and producer, then moved on to writing and directing with his short Koen! Before Hunting and Sons, he completed his first feature, Olivier Etc., in 2006 and has directed episodes for the television show Roses.


Filmography Olivier Etc. (2006)


Tako and Sandra live a content married life in rural Holland surrounded by friends and family. They are slowly renovating the apartment above the bicycle shop that has been in Tako’s family since 1917; to add to their domestic bliss, Sandra finds out she is pregnant.


But the due date starts to loom as the couple faces the responsibility of parent- hood. Tako puts his video games and pot smoking aside to attend to Sandra, who is instructed that she is too thin to healthily carry the baby to term. The reality of the situation unsettles the couple and visible cracks in the veneer of their carefully crafted marriage begin to show. As Sandra develops a desper- ately distorted body image, exercising obsessively at the gym and refusing to eat, Tako’s paternal instincts go into overdrive—and their relationship takes a dangerous turn behind closed doors.


Director Sander Burger’s closely observational style highlights the helpless- ness and incredulity that inform Tako and Sandra’s private nightmare. Though one well-timed word could right the wrongs of their circumstances, none is forthcoming—they have chosen their path and sealed their fate.


—GIGI HAYCOCK


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CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA


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