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

The Columnist
(De Kuthoer)

Year: 2019
Language: Dutch
Run Time: 86 minutes

The Columnist
The Columnist
The Columnist
The Columnist

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. Disgruntled columnist Femke Boot (Westworld’s Katja Herbers) makes that abundantly clear in this satirical revenge comedy about the pitfalls of social media obsession. Femke is plagued day and night with death threats and vitriol from internet trolls. It doesn’t matter if the topic of her article is racial sensitivity or soft-boiled eggs; the comments come in droves, and she’ll obsess over every one to avoid her looming book deadlines. It’s not until the man next door joins in on the digital harassment that Femke’s brimming rage turns to action, pushing her neighbor to his death with startling indifference. The subsequent high is so thrilling, she won’t be abandoning her grisly new hobby anytime soon. Equipped with hate in her heart and a bag full of gardening tools, Femke throws morals and caution to the wind in her bloody quest to give online bullies what they deserve. Gleefully unhinged, THE COLUMNIST is a pitch-black reminder of the internet’s number one rule: never read the comments.
(In Dutch with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

After Hours
Women of the World

International Narrative Competition

Ivo van Aart

Sabine Brian, Ronald Versteeg, Kaja Wolffers

Daan Windhorst

Martijn Cousijn

Imre Reutelingsperger, Yamal Stitou

Principal Cast
Katja Herbers, Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen

Film Contact

Film Sponsor

Friends of Patrick McFadden

Donate >


Your donation helps fulfill our mission to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition.

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare



We promise you, it will make a difference!

Give Today