Danielle Raaphorst of Incredible Film told Business Doc Europe 17 February that her It’s Dutch Design, which receives it market premiere at EFM 2020, has been selected for October’s prestigious Milan Design Film Festival.
The 60-minute film, presented by leading design exponents from The Netherlands, charts the development and subsequent success of Dutch design from the early 20th Century to present day, and posits the question as to how a relatively small country as Holland can punch so effectively above its weight in terms of success.
Comments Incredible’s Raaphorst: “Dutch Design is both a state of mind and a magnet that attracts designers from all over the world to live and work in The Netherlands. This film appeals to everyone who understands, is moved by or has an affinity with art, lifestyle and design.”
Starting with the establishment of De Stijl movement (led by Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld) through to the post-2WW rebuilding of The Netherlands, the documentary continues into the 1990s when the reputation of Dutch design went stratospheric with the international launch of the DROOG label. The film comes right up to date with an assessment of current Dutch influence over design-led solutions to global problems, such as plastic pollution.
Other documentary projects on the Incredible slate include the 10 x 45’ documentary series Wine Masters, the third series of which is currently in production. Each of the first five episodes profiles a world-renowned French terroir and family, with the next 5 episodes focusing on an Italian terroir/family. In the upcoming series, Spain will be in the spotlight.
US/Dutch comedian Greg Shapiro provides English-language narration for the feature-length (or 3 x 45-minute) The Wild Heart of Holland, produced by PV Pictures, which follows three main characters across the four seasons: the fox, the red deer and the wild boar. We see the animals raise their young until they are fully grown, and there are supporting roles for the raven, the buzzard and the kingfisher.
Raaphorst is also selling the award-winning Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey (90 minutes) by Marta György Kessler, which follows Hannah and her husband Ole to the hedonistic city of Kathmandu where, in 1968, they became two of the first Western students of the 16th Karmapa – the first consciously reincarnated lama of Tibet.
Also on the Incredible slate is the 85-minute It Hurts So Much, in which successful Dutch author Heleen van Royen chronicles a year of her life as she cares for her mother suffering from early-phase vascular dementia. The documentary has been seen in Dutch theatres by more than 30,000 visitors.