Programme

THE COLUMNIST (DE KUTHOER)

Ivo van Aart

Netherlands, 2019 / 84 min / Dutch OV with English / Revenge Thriller, Horror, Comedy

Collaboration Cinélunatique

After being flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media, a columnist decides to take revenge.

For successful columnist Femke Boot, it's really hard to understand why seemingly normal, decent people can turn out to be such horrible monsters once behind a keyboard. Her neighbour is a racist troll, respectable citizens wish her dead, and strangers write things to her online that you would never dare say in public. Even though her writer boyfriend tells her never to read Internet comments, she just can't help it and flicks through the hate speech before she goes to sleep at night. When her desire to silence these critics – permanently – grows too strong, she just can't help it anymore. Femke decides to take matters into her own hands and act out her revenge fantasies. Inspired by her own acts of violence, she writes like never before.

 

Screenings
Sat 13/03 19:00 Cinémathèque NL OV with EN subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003334
Sun 14/03 10:00 Online Public https://online.luxfilmfest.lu/film/the-columnist-de-kuthoer/
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Katja Herbers, Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, Achraf Koutet, Claire Porro, Harry van Rijthoven, Seno Sever
Screenplay 
Daan Windhorst
Cinematographer 
Martijn Cousijn
Sound 
Sam Huisman, Peter Strijbos
Set 
Robert van der Hoop
Music 
Jeffrey van Rossum
Production 
NL Film
Distribution 
Dutch Features
Biography

Since graduating from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2012 with the film Quantum Zeno, Ivo van Aart has worked as a director, editor and producer of short films, music videos and drama series as well as virtual reality projects. Always looking of innovation, he co-directed the interactive YouTube film Love & Engineering (2014) which was nominated for a Prix Europa. His dance film Amuse (2016) premiered at the Cinedans Film and Dance Festival. The Columnist (2019) was selected at the Utrecht Dutch Film Festival in 2021.

Filmography
  • 2020-2021 – Locked Out (9 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2019 – The Columnist
  • 2018 – One of the Boys (short)
  • 2018 – Kappen nou! (TV series)
  • 2017 – Spangas (TV series)
  • 2016 – Amuse (short)
  • 2015 – Keys to Mozart (short)
  • 2014 – Suspicious Minds (5 episodes of the TV miniseries)
  • 2014 – Zes Dates (TV miniseries)
  • 2014 – Ik Hartje Oost
  • 2012 – Quantum Zeno
  • 2010 – Vrijland (TV series)