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13.03, - 18:30, Lumiere
14.03, - 18:30, Lumiere
Director:  Theo van Gogh
Cinematography:  Thoas Kist
Screenplay:  Theodor Holman , Gijs van de Westelaken
Producer:  Gijs van de Westelaken
Music:  Rainer Hensel
Cast:  Fouad Mourigh , Farhane El Hamchaoui , Jones Kruijne , Katja Schuurman , Johnny de Mol
Production:  Column Produkties
International distribution:  NonStop Sales SA
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The Netherlands, 2004, 97 min, color
Awards:  Toronto 2004 - ""Contemporary World Cinema" Programme"

Theo van Gogh's Cool is an edgy, ironic commentary on youth violence in Europe today. Pop icon Katja Schuurman, who appeared in the directors 2003 hit Interview, is paired with an impressive cast of non-professional actors, who bring an authenticity and exuberant energy to this breathlessly exciting film.
Five friends fill their idle hours with petty crime. One day, a professional gang leader and his charming girlfriend convince them to participate in a major bank heist. When the authorities appear on the scene, the youngsters who are in over their heads are caught. The youths are surprised when, instead of being punished with the usual imprisonment in a detention centre, they are sentenced to serve a year and a half at Glen Mills, an experimental reform school.

Cool defies us to look at the flip side of pop cultures bright surfaces, particularly the rift between the glamorisation of gangsta life and its brutal reality. Far from preaching, however, it retains a deliciously subtle, mocking tone throughout. With searing insight, Cool slyly challenges commonplace notions about teenagers and what constitutes cool.
Dimitri Eipides

Dutch director Theo van Gogh, born in 1957, was the great-great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, brother of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. A long-time advocate for freedom of speech, Theo van Gogh made many enemies on all sides of the political spectrum. He was also a newspaper columnist. He was shot to death by a Muslim extremist on November 2, 2004, in a city street in Amsterdam. The shooting was apparently in response to the film Submission: Part I, which was shown on Dutch television in August 2004. The 10-minute long documentary explores the mistreatment of Muslim women. The film shows abused women, with texts from the Koran written on their bodies.
1986  Charley
2004  Submission: Part I TV docu
2004  Cool!
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