LITTLE TONY

Synopsis

“What kind of a person must I be?” sighs Brand halfway through LITTLE TONY, Alex van Warmerdam’s fourth feature film. The illiterate farmer has been set thinking by Lena, a young teacher who comes to give him lessons at home, on the farm. Keet, Brand’s suspicious wife, keeps a close eye on both of them, because she sees that her husband has fallen in love with the girl from the city. As time goes on, a dark plan takes shape in Keet’s mind. She purposely drives Brand into Lena’s arms. Her manipulations are not without their consequences.

In this black comedy, van Warmerdam sketches the confusion and desperation which arise in this complicated three-cornered relationship. Too complicated for Brand, too confusing for Lena, too desperate for Keet.

Year

1998

Duration

95 Mins

Genre

Comedies

Language

Dutch

Country

Netherlands

Director & Writer

Writer, designer, director and actor was born on August 14, 1952 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. After attending the School of Graphic Design, he went to study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he graduated in graphic design and painting. He was co-founder of the Music-Theatre Company Hauser Orkater and in 1980 he set up De Mexicaanse Hond Theatre Company.
 
He made the short film DE STEDELING and after that, the feature films: ABEL (1986), which won the critic’s award at the Venice film Festival, THE NORTHENERS (1992), which won three Felix’s in 1992 for music, art direction and best film, and THE DRESS (1996), winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival, and the Dutch Film Critic’s Award. THE DRESS was sold to over 25 territories. LITTLE TONY (1998), which won the Prize of the Filmfest (Annet Malherbe) at the Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards 1998 in the categories Best Actress and Best Script. GRIMM (2003) has been screened at several festivals worldwide.

Producers

Alex van Warmerdam
Marc van Warmerdam
Ton Schippers

Cast

Rick Keyzers
Thomas te Wierik
Alex van Warmerdam
Annet Malherbe
Beppe Costa
Anneke van der Poll
Maike Meijer
Hanneke Riemer
Ariane Schluter
Dolf Sauter
Aat Ceelen
Houk van Warmerdam
Thomas Rap
Joeri Keyzers
Sebastiaan te Wierik
Mees van Warmerdam

Additional Credits

Writer
Alex van Warmerdam
Production Company
Graniet Film
Cinematography
Marc Felperlaan
Art Director
Jelier and Schaaf
Lighting Designer
Erwin Roodhart
Sound
Ben Zijlstra
Costume
Leonie Polak
Make-up
Winnie Gallis
Editing
Stefan Kamp
Sound Editor
Peter Flamman
Music
Alex van Warmerdam