Filmmaker Jaap van Heusden returns to AFI Fest, this time with his first feature film after his short A Complicated Story Simply Told was an official selection at AFI Fest 2006. This hyperkinetic cautionary tale follows a young man whose talent with numbers at first wins him women and praise at work but might soon turn out to be his undoing. When Ivan is thrust into the fast paced world of insider trading, he quickly begins to thrive with his almost preternatural knack for numbers and an intuitive sense of how they connect. But gradually Ivan’s world turns into a swirling vortex — the camera sees patterns everywhere and strange characters emerge from the shadows of Ivan’s nighttime strolls around the city. As Ivan grows ever more reckless with his trading, not even his loose friendships can keep him tethered to reality and everything threatens to spin fatally out of control. –AFI Film Festival
I saw WinWin twice in Holland in May. I liked Ivan and identified with his interest for the challenge and glamour of the dealing rooms. I loved the way the director portrayed his struggle to find his way when his questions and love for people did not connect. I liked the special details, for instance with the feet, and the mice. Beautiful ending. Suzan Gouman, Holland.