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Country: NETHERLANDS, NORWAY
Run Time: 85 minutes
Dutch director Daan Bakker makes his feature debut with a doozy of a movie consisting of five separate tales of 30-something-year-old men wading through the waters of insecurity and ineptitude. The first part of QUALITY TIME is the story of Koen and his disinterest in chugging ham and milk at a family gathering—which he does at his family’s urging, only to become sick. Next is Stefaan, who has moved back home with his parents and visits locations from his life so he can take photos of these monumental sites. Kjell travels back in time to try and fix his insecurities with a rather brilliant plan involving a medieval fantasy tour. QUALITY TIME ends with a quick tour of an alien abduction before moving to the final and longest of the tales when we watch Jef work rather hard and incompetently to impress his girlfriend’s family. Bakker has mastered inventive storytelling, with each of the stories utilizing different mechanics and form. And even as the characters are searching for charm, QUALITY TIME is all charm and more. (In Dutch and Norwegian with subtitles) —T.W.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:35 PM
New Direction Competition
Daan Bakker was born in Harderwijk, Netherlands in 1979. He has studied film, television, and theater, and he has worked as a story editor, writer, and filmmaker. He graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy.
QUALITY TIME (2017)
Sander van Meurs, Iris Otten, Pieter Kuijpers
Robbie van Brussel
Noël Keulen, Fred Goessens, Giulio D'Anna, Bert Bunschoten, Ria Marks, Thomas Aske Berg, Tomas Alf Larsen, Steve Aernouts, Laura Mentink, Anneke Blok
This film is presented with the generous support of JAMES ANDERSON and DAVID WITTKOWSKY.
This film is presented with the generous support of MIKE FLUELLEN.