Wij

Rene Eller

IFFR 2018

Maximum Overdrive

  • 100'
  • Netherlands
  • 2018

During a languorous summer in a village on the Dutch-Belgian border, eight rebellious teens go in search of fun, sex and excitement. Their adventure starts aimlessly, idyllically. They light fires at their clubhouse out in the sticks, pull pranks and have it off. Those kicks prove not to be enough. Their originally innocent sex games gradually turn into professionally sold porn, prostitution and blackmail. Their playful lives acquire a dark undercurrent and come to a crashing halt when something goes badly wrong.

In four chapters, the dreamer, the rebel, the businessman and the creative type tell various people, some of whom work for the authorities, how they experienced this eventful time and its aftermath. They all have their own perspectives in this modern coming-of-age narrative. Dreamy, The Virgin Suicides-like images alternate with hedonistic violence and sex in this adaptation of the eponymous, controversial novel Wij by Elvis Peeters.

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Director
Rene Eller
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Netherlands, Belgium
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
International title
We
Language
Dutch
Producers
Rene Eller / Pragma Pictures, Julius Ponten / Pragma Pictures
Production Company
Pragma Pictures
Sales
Pragma Pictures
Screenplay
Rene Eller / Pragma Pictures
Cinematography
Maxime Desmet
Editor
Wouter van Luijn
Production Design
Myrte Beltman
Cast
Tijmen Govaerts, Aime Claeys, Salomé Van Grunsven, Laura Drosopoulos, Pauline Casteleyn, Friso van der Werf, Lieselot Siddiki, Gaia Cozijn, Maxime Jacobs
Local Distributor
Gusto Entertainment