Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Schneider vs. Bax

Year: 2015
Run Time: 96 minutes

Schneider vs. Bax
Schneider vs. Bax

In a thrilling yet darkly comedic twist on the old spy vs. spy genre, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX portrays two hitmen going face-to-face in a life or death game of chess, where neither man is sure which side they’re on. Schneider is the family man—beautiful wife and two adorable young daughters about to celebrate his birthday—when he gets a call to go after Bax (played by director Alex van Warmerdam). “He’s a child killer” is all Schneider knows as he reluctantly goes after his next contract. But shacked up in his own quagmire is Bax, waiting for his own daughter to pay the old man a visit. Unlike the seemingly put-together Schneider, Bax is struggling on the downside of his life: abusing drugs, abusing alcohol, and clearly through with the responsibilities normally befitting a man of his age. A comedy of errors, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX is fast-paced good fun, with a cornucopia of secondary characters who each add color to this mid-day standoff in the bog. (In Dutch with subtitles) –T.W.

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Alex van Warmerdam

Born in the Netherlands, Alex van Warmerdam is a director, screenwriter, and actor who has been nominated for over 40 international film awards, winning nearly two dozen.

"Voyeur" (1986), "The Northerners" (1992)—18th CIFF, "The Dress" (1996), "Kleine Teun" (1998), "Grimm" (2003), "The Last Days of Emma Blank" (2009)—34th CIFF, "Borgman" (2013)—38th CIFF, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX (2015)

Marc van Warmerdam

Alex van Warmerdam

Tom Erisman

Job ter Burg

Principal Cast
Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam, Maria Kraakman, Annet Malherbe

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