A crummy job at a run-down restaurant. A wife who is chronically ill. The anti-social neighbours. An extramarital affair that offers little more than sexual gratification. Fictitious fifty-year-old waiter Edgar has had enough of his miserable existence… He wants out of the relationship with his wife, he wants a new girlfriend, he wants new neighbours and he is fed up with being treated like a doormat by his customers. But Edgar’s about to find out the hard way that his life is truly stranger than fiction…

Selected Festivals:
Riga Fantasy FF - Audience Award
Dutch FF - Best Script, Best Production Design
Toronto IFF
Pusan IFF
Chicago IFF
Athens IFF
Taipei Golden Horse FF
Palm Springs IFF
Seattle FF
Singapore IFF
Antalya FF
Montreal New Cinema FF




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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
Ariane Schluter
Jaap Spijkers
Mark Rietman
Pierre Bokma
Thekla Reuten

Additional Credits

Alex van Warmerdam
Director of Photography
Tom Erisman
Original Music
Vincent van Warmerdam
Production Designer
Gert Brinkers
Costume Designer
Patricia Lim
Make-up Artist
Mariel Hoevenaars
Erno Das
Ewin Ryckaert
Sound Design
Dirk Bombey
Sound Mixer
Franco Piscopo
Casting Director
Annet Malherbe
Line Producer
Bernard Tulp
Producer - Belgium
Adriana Piacek-Wanski
Co- Producer
Vincent Tavier
Co- Producer
Guillaume Malandrin
Co- Producer
Philippe Kauffmann
Co- Producer
Wouter Barendrecht
Co- Producer
Michael J. Werner