Intensity resonates in every scene

Intensity resonates in every scene

Renée Soutendijk on Saturday in the company of Leopard.ANP/EPA image

in Sweet dreamFilmed in the French overseas department of Reunion, 66-year-old Soutendijk plays the evil matriarch of a Dutch sugar family in the Dutch East Indies circa 1900. With the collapse of colonial power and we see in the first scenes how her husband gasps let her eyes die, she beats the drums for her relatives Dutch to expel the Indonesians one last time.

disgusting Sweet dream He waits anxiously. Sindijarvić (1987) has been popular since her first film appearance Take me to a beautiful place (2019) as a great cinematic talent. The film opened the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on Friday 22 September and will have its national premiere a week later.

According to the jury, Soutendijk’s character depicts “the brutality and duality of the circumstances in which she finds herself”. In doing so, she “imbues” her character with “an intensity that resonates in every scene she stars in”.

Rene Soutendijk in Sweet Dreams.  picture

Rene Soutendijk in Sweet Dreams.

In her acceptance speech, the actress shared how she fell in love with the “absurd world” in Sindijarvić’s script. Her time on set, where everyone from cameramen to builders wanted to make “the best possible movie,” was an additional, even “fresh” inspiration. “I realized again why I wanted to be an actress.”

With Leopard, Soutendijk follows in the footsteps of Lotte Verbeek, among others, who received the same award in Locarno for her performance in Urszula Antoniaks nothing personal (2009).

Good reviews

Discussed by the international film press Sweet dream So excited for the past week. website IndieWire She enjoyed Soutendijk’s role as a “pleasantly evil widow”. according to daily screen Every time she appears in front of the camera, she gives the film a “dry, wry touch of humour”. Little white lies Watch a “funky, surreal historical thriller” with “complex colonial dynamics without falling into oversimplification.” Hollywood Reporter He describes a film made with “a palpable understanding of Europe’s distorted attitude” towards countries being exploited for financial gain, while emotionally distancing the viewer.

Soutendijk previously won a Golden Calf Award for her role in Ice cream shop (1985) by Dmitry Frenkel-Frank. She entered the cinema as the girl of Paul Verhoevens’ snack bar Fientje spots (1980) activist Hani Shaft in a crowd embraced by the press and the public The red-haired girl (1981). Verhoeven asked her about it Fourth man (1983), Gerard Reeve’s film that gave the director and actress an international career: since then she has worked regularly in Germany, England and America.

One of the most striking films of the period was undoubtedly the cult science fiction film at first but later appreciated. on the eve of destruction (1991), with Soutendijk as a deranged killing robot. She has become famous in recent years for TV series, among other things kill a womanin which she starred in 50 episodes between 2012 and 2016. A stellar international comeback followed with a cameo as a glorious witch in the horror film School of Dance. sobs (2018) by Luca Guadagnino.

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