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    Tonio

    Directed by Paula van der Oest
    Netherlands | 100 minutes | International Premiere | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

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    Tonio

    Directed by Paula van der Oest
    Netherlands | 100 minutes | International Premiere | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

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    Tonio

    Directed by Paula van der Oest
    Netherlands | 100 minutes | International Premiere | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

A fragmented narrative constantly places the past alongside the present as a novelist and his wife try to make sense of the senseless death of their 21-year-old son. A high-wire emotional act from Dutch Oscar-favorite Paula van der Oest (Zus & zo; Accused).

Schedule

January 6, 2017 1:30 PM Mary Pickford is D'Place Tickets not available
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January 7, 2017 4:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Dutch director Paula van der Oest's 2002 title Zus & zo was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar® and her film Accused was shortlisted in 2015. So it's no surprise that the Netherlands has submitted her latest, Tonio, for consideration this year. Based on an autobiographical "requiem novel" by one of the country's most renowned writers, A.F.Th. van der Heijden, this ambitious drama explores the lives of an Amsterdam novelist and his wife after the death of their son, the titular 21-year-old who was killed by a car when biking home at dawn.

Throughout the film, van der Oest follows emotional rather than chronological through-lines, turning what could have been a familiar drama into a dynamic, high-wire act that constantly places the past and present alongside each other to try and make sense of a senseless tragedy. In this way Tonio makes visible and emotionally tangible the struggle every grieving person feels when remembering a loved one: gratitude for the good times and the renewed sense of loss that comes with it.

film details

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Running Time: 100 minutes
Premier Status: International Premiere
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Paula van der Oest
Producers: Alain de Levita, Sytze van der Laan
Principal Cast: Pierre Bokma, Rifka Lodeizen, Chris Peters, Stefanie van Leersum, Beppie Melissen
Cinematographers: Guido van Gennep
Editor: Sander Vos
Music: Fons Merkies
Screenwriter: Hugo Heinen
International Sales Company: Dutch Features Global Entertainment
Website: prime.dutchfeatures.com/titles/tonio/

guests in attendance

Paula van der Oest – Director

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