Als uw gat maar lacht (If Yes, Okay)

  • 93'
  • Netherlands
  • 2023

The Spijkerbergs are an absurdly rich family, but they are also richly absurd. The father – a foolish, hotshot financier – collects miniature dioramas of historical atrocities as a hobby. Mother is a has-been prima donna fighting against the vagaries of age and fame. Inheriting their privilege and casual cruelty is daughter Amy, a rebellious if somewhat insular teenager longing to break out of her gilded cage. To gain a semblance of control over her cocooned existence, Amy produces an autobiographical mock-Kabuki performance that parodies her family.

Dutch visual artist and musician Dick Verdult’s Als uw gat maar lacht (If Yes, Okay) is an idiosyncratic black comedy about the indiscreet charms of the super wealthy, whose ludicrous attempts at finding meaning in their empty lives, while not exactly endearing, are not without a tinge of pathos.

Verdult’s film is, however, not the place for nuanced social commentary or psychological portraiture. The satire is broad, emotional identification held back and the atmosphere is that of pure play. With its bright palette of saturated colours, Als uw gat maar lacht (If Yes, Okay) is easy on the eye, but it refuses to play to the gallery, veering away from predictable pleasures at every turn with off-kilter scene developments and formal choices. The result is a film that dares to embrace excess and bad taste.

 

Srikanth Srinivasan

  • 93'
  • Netherlands
  • 2023
Director
Dick Verdult
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
If Yes, Okay
Language
Dutch
Producers
Annemiek van Gorp, René Goossens
Production Company
De Productie
Sales
Reel Suspects
Screenplay
Dick Verdult, Maria van Heeswijk
Cinematography
Luuk Bouwman
Editor
Peter Boonstra
Production Design
Billy Leliveld, Jan Willem van der Schoot
Sound Design
Jeroen Goeijers
Music
Dick El Demasiado
Cast
Lola Koppen, Ekaterina Leventhal, Harun Bahasoean, Peter Fengler, Katrien van Beurden, Tim Teunissen, Chris Koolmees, Izah Hankammer, Luk Sponselee, Pedro Buschi, Michiel Romeyn
Local Distributor
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Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Cinerama 4
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    KINO 1
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Monday 30 January 2023
    LantarenVenster 5
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Thursday 02 February 2023
    Pathé 7
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
Director
Dick Verdult
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
If Yes, Okay
Language
Dutch
Producers
Annemiek van Gorp, René Goossens
Production Company
De Productie
Sales
Reel Suspects
Screenplay
Dick Verdult, Maria van Heeswijk
Cinematography
Luuk Bouwman
Editor
Peter Boonstra
Production Design
Billy Leliveld, Jan Willem van der Schoot
Sound Design
Jeroen Goeijers
Music
Dick El Demasiado
Cast
Lola Koppen, Ekaterina Leventhal, Harun Bahasoean, Peter Fengler, Katrien van Beurden, Tim Teunissen, Chris Koolmees, Izah Hankammer, Luk Sponselee, Pedro Buschi, Michiel Romeyn
Local Distributor
isee-images