A surreal black comedy set in a decrepit 1960’s housing development. When his mother is drawn into sainthood and the resulting frustrations of his father become too difficult to manage, Thomas, a young boy, becomes obsessed with events on the broadcast news. The liberation of the Belgian Congo is taking place and Thomas becomes Lumumba, one of the contenders as the Congo’s new leader. He is encouraged in this escapism by Plagge, the postman who reads all the mail and knows all of the bizzarre and intimate secrets of the eccentric inhabitants of the estate. —IMDb
Alex van Warmerdam (born August 14, 1952) is a renaissance man. He directs and acts in film and theater, he paints, writes and is a graphic designer. The areas not covered, like music and production are covered by his two brothers; Vincent van Warmerdam and Marc van Warmerdam. Over the last 25 years, (about the time Verhoeven left to the States) he has been the most important auteur in the Netherlands. His style has been described as absurdist, funny, surreal, but above all Dutch, in the sense that he has a great eye for typical habits which represent Dutch culture better than any other filmmaker has. (Dutch characters often speak German in American films) It also gives a possible explanation why his films have not had much attention abroad so far, except for some minor awards in Venice and at the European Film Awards.
Van Warmerdam’s first feature Abel (Voyeur, 1986) is probably still his most famous film. As often, he wrote, directed and plays the main part himself. The film… read more