LOVE LETTERS   Director: Tara Fallaux, Camera: Myrthe Mosterman, Editor: Ruben van der Hammen.Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen/ Halal Docs, Broadcaster: KRO/ NCRV  Synopsis:  They still exist: young people who know how to write a love letter. Five people in their twenties read aloud the most intimate letter they’ve ever written. They talk about the thoughts and feelings associated with writing letters, and with the time they wrote the letter in question. They tell the story of the romance, their reason for writing and what the letter accomplished—or failed to accomplish—in their relationship. Some of the letters are sentimental, while others are surprisingly literary. “Your letter should sound at least as though it was written 60 years ago,” says one of the writers. “Writing letters is really like sharing a diary, if you do it right,” another observes. They were brave to put their feelings on paper in the first place, but they are even braver now to read them in front of the camera—whether or not the recipient is there to listen once again to their declaration of love.  Tara Fallaux adds: “At present, choosing for the handwritten letter is a conscious decision – an option amongst many streams of communications. I therefore thought it was particularly interesting to talk to young people who actually chose this particular medium as opposed to all the other channels available.”  The film had his world premiere at the international 2017 competition at IDFA, and is produced in collaboration with Dutch Broadcaster KRO NCRV with support from the Dutch Mediafund, NL Film Funds, CoBO Fund and NPO in the context of Teledoc Campus

LOVE LETTERS

Director: Tara Fallaux, Camera: Myrthe Mosterman, Editor: Ruben van der Hammen.Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen/ Halal Docs, Broadcaster: KRO/ NCRV

Synopsis:

They still exist: young people who know how to write a love letter. Five people in their twenties read aloud the most intimate letter they’ve ever written. They talk about the thoughts and feelings associated with writing letters, and with the time they wrote the letter in question. They tell the story of the romance, their reason for writing and what the letter accomplished—or failed to accomplish—in their relationship. Some of the letters are sentimental, while others are surprisingly literary. “Your letter should sound at least as though it was written 60 years ago,” says one of the writers. “Writing letters is really like sharing a diary, if you do it right,” another observes. They were brave to put their feelings on paper in the first place, but they are even braver now to read them in front of the camera—whether or not the recipient is there to listen once again to their declaration of love.

Tara Fallaux adds: “At present, choosing for the handwritten letter is a conscious decision – an option amongst many streams of communications. I therefore thought it was particularly interesting to talk to young people who actually chose this particular medium as opposed to all the other channels available.”

The film had his world premiere at the international 2017 competition at IDFA, and is produced in collaboration with Dutch Broadcaster KRO NCRV with support from the Dutch Mediafund, NL Film Funds, CoBO Fund and NPO in the context of Teledoc Campus

  OVER THE RAINBOW   Director: Tara Fallaux, Camera: Nicole Batteké, Editor: Suzanna Noort, Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Sound designer: Evelien van der Molen, Color Grading: Maurik de Ridder, Title Design: Sander Brouwer, Trailer Editor: Jelmar Hoekstra  Synopsis:  After her mother passed away, Leny (82) finally had time to follow her dream of cycling around the world. She didn’t get further than New Zealand where she met the love of her life -  another woman. Leny came out of the closet aged 68. Since then she has thrown herself into lesbian life, making up for lost time. Now aged 82 she is an inspiration to many, but is not getting any younger. She is determined to make the most of her remaining years.  A uniquely positive story about a woman coming out at a ripe age, yet without any bitterness about the past. She embraces her new sexuality with more vibrance and energy than many younger people might have. She does, however, have one regret.   Broadcasted on Dutch TV NTR 2015.  A selection of Festivals:   Berlin Short Film Festival.  2016   PINK APPLE filmfestival, Zürich.  2016   Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney.  2016   Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  2015.   NYC Independent Film Festival.  2015.   MIX Copenhagen, Denmark.  2015.   Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht.  2015.   Festival Asterisco, Buenos Aires.     Hot Docs Toronto. International Premiere.    Roze Filmdagen. World Premiere.  Jury Award Best Documentary and Audience Award.      

OVER THE RAINBOW

Director: Tara Fallaux, Camera: Nicole Batteké, Editor: Suzanna Noort, Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Sound designer: Evelien van der Molen, Color Grading: Maurik de Ridder, Title Design: Sander Brouwer, Trailer Editor: Jelmar Hoekstra

Synopsis:

After her mother passed away, Leny (82) finally had time to follow her dream of cycling around the world. She didn’t get further than New Zealand where she met the love of her life -  another woman. Leny came out of the closet aged 68. Since then she has thrown herself into lesbian life, making up for lost time. Now aged 82 she is an inspiration to many, but is not getting any younger. She is determined to make the most of her remaining years.

A uniquely positive story about a woman coming out at a ripe age, yet without any bitterness about the past. She embraces her new sexuality with more vibrance and energy than many younger people might have. She does, however, have one regret. 

Broadcasted on Dutch TV NTR 2015.

A selection of Festivals:

Berlin Short Film Festival. 2016

PINK APPLE filmfestival, Zürich. 2016

Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney. 2016

Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 2015.

NYC Independent Film Festival. 2015.

MIX Copenhagen, Denmark. 2015.

Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht. 2015.

Festival Asterisco, Buenos Aires. 

Hot Docs Toronto. International Premiere.

Roze Filmdagen. World Premiere. Jury Award Best Documentary and Audience Award.

 

 

  LOUIS THE FERRIS WHEEL KID   Camera: Diderik Evers, Sound: Bram Meindersma, Executive Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Editor: Dorith Vinken, Grading; Rachel Stone, Post Production: Storm, Sound Design: Paul Gies, Producer: Gijs Kerbosch/ 100% Halal, Graphic design and titels: Martin Pyper  Synopsis by Hot Docs:  Louis has always lived the carnival life. He and his family travel from fairground to fairground with their Ferris wheel, living life in constant motion. But when Louis becomes too old for the fairground classroom, he must move away from his family to attend school, leaving his little brother behind. This moving portrait examines the family unit and the unshakeable bonds of brotherly love. Amira Abdellahi  Festivals:   Go Short, Nijmegen.  2015.   OZU film festival, Modena, Italy.  "Ozu Doc" award   Chicago International Children's Film Festival  2014   Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht.   2014   PSAROLOCO filmfestival, Athens.  2014   AFIDOCS Documentary Festival, Washington.  2014   16th Mo&Friese Children's Short Film Festival Hamburg     4th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2014. Dehli.    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival. Toronto.     IDFA  2013   Cinekid Amsterdam  2013

LOUIS THE FERRIS WHEEL KID

Camera: Diderik Evers, Sound: Bram Meindersma, Executive Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Editor: Dorith Vinken, Grading; Rachel Stone, Post Production: Storm, Sound Design: Paul Gies, Producer: Gijs Kerbosch/ 100% Halal, Graphic design and titels: Martin Pyper

Synopsis by Hot Docs:

Louis has always lived the carnival life. He and his family travel from fairground to fairground with their Ferris wheel, living life in constant motion. But when Louis becomes too old for the fairground classroom, he must move away from his family to attend school, leaving his little brother behind. This moving portrait examines the family unit and the unshakeable bonds of brotherly love. Amira Abdellahi

Festivals:

Go Short, Nijmegen. 2015.

OZU film festival, Modena, Italy. "Ozu Doc" award

Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2014

Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht.  2014

PSAROLOCO filmfestival, Athens. 2014

AFIDOCS Documentary Festival, Washington. 2014

16th Mo&Friese Children's Short Film Festival Hamburg

4th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2014. Dehli.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival. Toronto. 

IDFA 2013

Cinekid Amsterdam 2013

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