KEES and MIEN

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Project Description

KEES and MIEN is an intimate, humorous and observing documentary about the relationship of the grandparents of documentary filmmaker Ton van Zantvoort.
Is it true love or have they been fused over the past 67 years? Although KEES en MIEN try to stay healthy both mentally and physically, alienation of the rapidly changing world is unavoidable.

From the director
The last few years I have made quite some films abroad. People asked me when I would make a film more close to home. In this film I stay closer to home…. much closer.

My life is getting busier every year. I have less and less time for example to visit my grandparents. When my other grandmother died, I didn’t have time for it. ” It wasn’t sceduled in.” Years later I still thought about it a lot. What would I have wanted to have ask her? Now I still have one grandmother and one grandfather, but I still don’t make much spare time to visit them…

My grandparents are special. Not only for me as their grandson, but in many ways. In a globalizing and digitizing world, people are getting more and more individual. Also relationships change and are not long lasting. People meet eachother on the other side of the world or even on the world wide web. My grandparents are the last of their kind. They have spend already 67 years of their life together. But what is keeping them together and what if one them would die or would get demented?

30 minutes, March 2011

a NEWTON film produced by Zuidenwind Filmprodukties in coproduction with Omroep Brabant

directed by
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

scenario & cinematography by
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

sound
TON VAN ZANTVOORT
ANNEROSE LANGEVELD

editing
TON VAN ZANTVOORT
STEFAN KAMP

music and sound compositing by
JEROEN GOEIJERS

post production
LOODS, LUX & LUMEN

subtitling
ERIK PEZARRO

design, website & poster
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

producer Zuidenwind Filmproducties
JOOST SEELEN

commissioning editor Omroep Brabant
LOUT DONDERS

financial support
MEDIAFONDS

Kees en mien

English
KEES and MIEN is an intimate, observing and humorous documentary about the relationship of the grandparents of documentary filmmaker Ton van Zantvoort. Is it true love or have they been fused over the past 67 years? Although KEES en MIEN try to stay healthy both mentally and physically, alienation of the rapidly changing world is unavoidable.Dutch
Kees en Mien is een intieme, observerende en humoristische documentaire over de onroerende relatie van de grootouders van filmmaker Ton van Zantvoort.Is het ware liefde of zijn ze de afgelopen 67 jaar zo met elkaar vergroeid dat een leven zonder elkaar simpelweg onbestaanbaar is? Hoewel Kees en Mien proberen gezond van geest en lichaam te blijven, kunnen ze niet voorkomen dat ze steeds verder vervreemd raken van de snel veranderende globaliserende en digitaliserende samenleving.
Film details
Original title: KEES en MIEN
English title: KEES and MIEN
Original language: Dutch (Southern dialect)
Subtitled language: Dutch
Homepage: www.newtonfilm.nl/keesenmien/
Running time: 30 minutes
Date of completion: March 2011
Date/ place of first screening: March 2011 International Film Festival Breda
Country of Filming: The Netherlands
Country of Origin: The NetherlandsTechnical information
Preview copy 30 minutes, DVD PALExhibition format:
Digibeta PAL, 16:9 (anamorphic), 1.66, English sub, color, 30 min, Dolby Digital stereo
30 minutes, March 2011a NEWTON film produced by Zuidenwind Filmprodukties in coproduction with Omroep Brabantscenario, directed & cinematography by
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

sound
TON VAN ZANTVOORT
ANNEROSE LANGEVELD

editing
STEFAN KAMP
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

music and sound compositing by
JEROEN GOEIJERS

post production
LOODS, LUX & LUMEN 

subtitling
ERIK PEZARRO 

design, website & poster
TON VAN ZANTVOORT 

producer Zuidenwind Filmproducties
JOOST SEELEN 

commissioning editor Omroep Brabant
LOUT DONDERS 

financial support
MEDIAFONDS

Selection
– Radio Interview Omroep Brabant
– IFFB magazine
– Omroep Brabant
– Brabants DagbladScreenings (selection)
-Dutch premiere IFFB, Breda
-TV broadcast Omroep Brabant
-Plaza Futura
-DocFeed Eindhoven

Biography
Ton van Zantvoort was born in a small village in the southern Netherlands in 1979. After the design education he graduated in 2003 with credits at the Akademie St. Joost in Breda. In 2005 he was in South America for 5 months to make a triptych of films. GRITO de PIEDRA the longest of the three, had its world premiere on IDFA 2006. In that same year he was also nominated for the NFTVM award: the award for best new Dutch filmmaker. In 2009 his second long film a BLOOMING BUSINESS in coproduction with the VPRO screened on more than 40 important international film festivals and won many awards such as the Dok Leipzig HWF Award.
In this film he stays closer to home. Much closer as he makes an intimate portrait about his grandparents.

Directors statement
The last few years I have made quite some films abroad. People asked me when I would make a film more close to home. In this film I stay closer to home…. much closer.

My life is getting busier every year. I have less and less time for example to visit my grandparents. When my other grandmother died, I didn’t have time for it. “It wasn’t sceduled in.” Years later I still think about it a lot. What would I have wanted to have ask her?

Now I still have one grandmother and one grandfather, but I still don’t take much spare time to visit them…

In a globalizing and digitizing world, we are getting more and more individual. Also relationships change and are not long lasting. People meet eachother on the other side of the world or even on the world wide web. My grandparents are the last of their kind. They have spend 67 years of their life together. But what is keeping them together and what if one them would die or would get demented? What can I still ask them before…

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