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The President
(De President)

Year: 2011
Language: Dutch
Run Time: 90 minutes

The President
The President
The President
The President
The President

Heroes are born everyday, but then again, so are goats. When Joes and his Cousin Hamid leave the goat herding of their native Morocco for the asparagus farming of Holland, they soon find themselves in the national spotlight. Joes becomes a hero after saving the lives of the woman he has fallen for and a policeman in a building fire. His new popularity has him in the center of Holland's first ever campaign for President, but his heart aches for Mila, the woman of his dreams. After a forced separation Joes is reunited with his love, and it seems as though he will finally become the President he initially envisioned; or he'll continue to be the partying President his friends expect of him. With enemies and temptation coming from all sides, Joes faces his toughest choice: continue taking the office lightly, or do the right thing and give Holland the President the country needs. Erik de Bruyn wrote and directed this timely comedy, which runs the gamut of the political issues of today. Illegal immigration, campaign finance reform, economic turmoil, and the responsibilities (or lack thereof) of today's governments become the focal point of the farce-like film THE PRESIDENT. Expertly directed by de Bryun and charmingly acted, this film comically displays the lone truth in being the political flavor-of-the-month: you're either a hero or a goat. (In Dutch with subtitles) – T.W.

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Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Erik de Bruyn

A writer/director from the Netherlands, Erik de Bruyn has won many critics awards from the Nederlands Film Festival, Moscow Int'l Film Festival, Montecatini Filmvideo Int'l Short Film Festival, and even a Best Actor Award from Festroia-Troia Int'l Film Festival.

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Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

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