ABEL

Synopsis

An extremely weird comedy revolving around the life of 31- year-old Abel, who has never left home (literally). After failing with doctors and psychiatrists, Abel's father Victor brings home Christine, a friend, in an attempt to teach Abel basic social skills. But Victor's wife Duif accuses him of having an affair, and in the ensuing row Abel is thrown out into the street. But help is at hand when he runs into kind-hearted stripper Zus - whose show Victor is obsessed with…

Year

1986

Duration

108 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

Laurens Geels
Dick Maas
Robert Swaab

Cast

Alex van Warmerdam
Annet Malherbe
Loes Luca
Henri Garcin
Olga Zuiderhoek

Additional Credits

Production Company
First Floor Features
Make-up
Karin van Dijk
Editing
Hans van Dongen
Camera
Marc Felperlaan
Costume
Leonie Polak
Music
Vincent van Warmerdam
Production Manager
Wim Lehnhausen
Costume
Patricia Lim
Art Direction
Harry Ammerlaan