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Guest Country

“Dutch Cineaste” is a program that discovers early short films by directors who represent the Netherlands, this year’s guest country. The program introduces short films made in the 1960s by Paul Verhoeven, who has established his own unique voice in world film history through intense and bold expressions of violence and sex.

Dutch Cineaste This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
A Lizard Too Much

Paul Verhoeven

The Netherlands1960Fiction32'DCPB&WNo English Sub15

Rather than a real wife, a sculptor pursues a woman from his fantasies. His wife, who is disappointed with her husband, has a secret affair with a young student. The student, however, has another lover besides the sculptor’s wife. The film was Paul Verhoeven’s first, and portrays a strange world mixed with real life and fantasy in black and white. It displays a variety of experimental touches which highlight the influence of the “Nouvelle Vague” movement on the Dutch filmmaker.​​
Nothing Special

Paul Verhoeven

The Netherlands1961Fiction8'39"DCPB&WNo English Sub15

A man is sitting in a cafe, thinking about the meaning of life and love. His girlfriend is with him, but he’s trying to ask another beautiful woman to dance. This is the second film directed by Paul Verhoeven with clear influence from the “Nouvelle Vague”, which bears many similarities to his first film, A Lizard Too Much.​
The Marine Corps

Paul Verhoeven

The Netherlands1965Documentary22'11"DCPColorNo English SubG

This film is a documentary about the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. It was Paul Verhoeven’s first professional film as well as his first color film. The director was granted a commission to make the film by the Dutch government to mark the 300th anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps’ establishment. However, the film clearly shows Paul Verhoeven’s unique style and creativity. The film opens with a montage in the style of Sergei Eisenstein, and the film's later scenes, where the Marines are training, contain some of the director’s trademark sensuous imagery.​
The Wrestler

Paul Verhoeven

The Netherlands1971Fiction20'DCPColorNo English Sub15

A father is worried about his son, who is involved in a potentially dangerous relationship with the wife of a famous wrestler. He needs to put an end to their relationship before the wrestler finds out. It’s Paul Verhoeven’s final short film, and it features unique characters as well as ironic moments that trigger both laughter and tension.​