BORGMAN is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears?  BORGMAN is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.

Selected Festivals:
Cannes Official Selection, Competition

Sarajevo IFF

Toronto IFF

Athens IFF

Tokyo IFF

Sitges FF


Sweden FFF

Netherlands FF




113 Mins




Belgium,  Denmark,  Netherlands


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. His films have won awards all over the world at international film festivals. BORGMAN (2013) was selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival.



Marc van Warmerdam


Alex van Warmerdam
Annet Malherbe
Dirkje van der Pijl
Eva van de Wijdeven
Hadewych Minis
Jan Bijvoet
Jeroen Perceval
Pieter-Bas de Waard
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
Tom Dewispelaere

Additional Credits

Alex van Warmerdam
Line Producer
Berry van Zwieten
Tom Erisman
Art Director
Geert Paredis
Production Company
Graniet Film
Job ter Burg
Vincent van Warmerdam
Sound Editor
Peter Warnier