Archive of films The Deflowering of Eva van End / De ontmaagding van Eva van End
2012, 98 min
Section: Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch
Pasolini’s Teorema is successfully transplanted to Dutch suburbia in this effective tragicomedy. The arrival of an impossibly perfect German boy into a deftly dysfunctional Lowlands family exposes the bourgeois clan to their true desires and inner selves. Reminiscent of the ironic insights of Todd Solondz’s work.
Pasolini’s Teorema is successfully transplanted to Dutch suburbia in this effective tragicomedy. The arrival of an impossibly perfect German boy into a deftly dysfunctional Lowlands family exposes the bourgeois clan to their true desires and inner selves. With an assist from scribe Anne Barnhoorn’s perceptive, well-structured screenplay, rookie helmer Michiel ten Horn, who has a background in animation, finds exactly the right tone for this quirky tale, which is also reminiscent of the ironic, oft-devastating insights of Todd Solondz’s work. It’s a portrait of how an apparently picture-perfect middle-class family comes apart when it is confronted with actual perfection in the form of blond-haired, white-clad teenager Veit, a faultless German exchange student who arrives on the family’s doorstep to general surprise, though the van Ends’ slightly zaftig 15-year-old daughter Eva told everyone he was coming — not that anyone actually listens to her.
About the director
Michiel ten Horn (b. 1983, Amsterdam) graduated in animation from Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). Despite his training as an illustrator and animator, he worked mainly on live-action productions after finishing school. He has written and directed several short films (Basta, 2007; Alex in Amsterdam, 2009; Arie, 2009) in which his animation background is evident in both style and narrative. The Deflowering of Eva Van End (De ontmaagding van Eva van End, 2012) is his feature film debut.
About the film
|Section:||Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch|
|Director:||Michiel ten Horn|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jasper Wolf|
|Producer:||Pieter Kuijpers, Sander van Meurs, Iris Otten|
|Cast:||Vivian Dierickx, Rafael Gareisen, Abe Dijkman|
Michiel ten Horn