Netherlands, 2013, 115 Minute Running Time
Topics: Black Comedy, Cult, Thriller
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles
A playful and sinister adult fable from Dutch writer-director Alex van Warmerdam (Abel; The Northerners; Grimm): vagrant trickster Borgman’s arrival amidst the tree-lined avenues of an exclusive residential area sets off a series of unsettling events that penetrate the carefully constructed façade of a wealthy couple, their three children and the nanny.
An outrageous provocation, Borgman proves that evil comes in everyday form, embodied within ordinary, normal, polite men and women who perform their tasks with pride and pleasure, and with ruthless attention to detail. It shows that evil is enacted not just on cold winter nights, but in the optimistic summer, beneath a warm and comforting sun. And that a perpetually elusive man like Borgman can intoxicate a woman so fully with desire that she is rendered powerless.
"If Michael Haneke had a slightly less ironic appreciation of the term 'funny games', he might have cooked up something a little like Borgman, a sly, insidious and intermittently hilarious domestic thriller, more disquieting than explicit."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
Winner: Best Director, Athens Film Festival; Best Film, screenplay and actress, Netherlands Film Festival; Best European Film, Strasbourg Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Alex van Warmerdam
Producer: Marc van Warmerdam, Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier, Mogens Glad, Tine Mosegaard
Editor: Job ter Burg
Screenwriter: Alex van Warmerdam
Cinematographer: Tom Erisman
Music: Vincent van Warmerdam
Principal Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Elve Lijbaart, Dirkje van de Pijl, Alex van Warmerdam
Filmography: The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009)
Little Tony (1998)
The Northerners (1992)
Print Source: Drafthouse Films
Official Film Website