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Days of Cannibalism at Berlinale

Underlining The Netherlands’ rising status as a co-production partner, the Berlinale this year has number of films in its programme which were made with Dutch backing.

Berlin-bound titles with an orange tint include Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz in main competition (see page 6), Teboho Edkins’ Lesotho-set Days of Cannibalism and Iranianborn Siamak Etemadi’s Pari, both in Panorama; Uruguyan director Alex Piperno’s magical realist story Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine in Berlinale Forum and Brazilian director Ana Vaz’s Apiyemiyekî? in Forum Expanded.

In some cases, the Dutch producers have been involved in these projects for many years.

Days of Cannibalism is produced by a dear producer friend, so when the project won the Dutch Post-Production Award, there was suddenly this wonderful opportunity to jump in and join on the ride,” Derk-Jan Warrink of Keplerfilm says of the project. He first became aware of the film when it was selected for the L’Atelier in Cannes. He has worked several times before with the French co-producer KinoElektron, and relished the chance to do so again.

Read the complete interview with producer Derk-Jan Warrink about Days of Cannibalism on issuu.com

Text by Geoffrey Macnab

Source trailer: CPH:DOX 2020