About a week ago, the unique ‘film house tour’ for The Blue Virgin had its festive kick-off in a sold-out theater De Eendracht in Gemert (Noord-Brabant) in the presence of, among others, actors Sytske van der Ster and Léonard Barkley, director Tim Klok, screenwriter Joeri Pruys and producers Carl van de Wetering and Puck Mickers. As part of its tour, the film will be screened in countless Dutch film houses and theaters in the coming months.
The Blue Virgin, a production of VandePunt Filmproducties directed by Tim Klok and written by Joeri Pruys, is set in the sixties in southern France and is characterized by a fairy-tale setting and an intense denouement on the snowy summit of Mont Ventoux.
The film, which is produced entirely independently, is brought to the public through a tour of film houses and theaters by the makers themselves, in a varied program with behind-the-scenes material and a follow-up discussion. The next stop on the tour was Natlab Eindhoven on March 19. This will be followed by Breda, Leiden, Helmond, Den Bosch and other unannounced cities.
“For us it is super cool that our film can reach a large cinema audience in this way, which is normally very difficult for a short film,” says producer Puck Mickers. “We hope that this will inspire other filmmakers to also visit their audience themselves.” Director Tim Klok agrees: “It is fantastic to talk directly with the audience and hear their experience. And I think it is great that we can give the viewer an idea of what is involved in making such a film.”
International audiences will also be able to see The Blue Virgin: the makers announced that the film has been selected for the Midwest Action Fest in the United States. Other selections for film festivals will be announced in the coming period.
The film house tour, which the makers are able to realize without the intervention of distributors, fits in with the independent nature of The Blue Virgin. The film was made without the involvement of broadcasters, film funds or other sector institutions and was largely financed through corporate sponsorship and crowdfunding. The Blue Virgin knew the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a Dutch short film. The originality and entrepreneurial spirit of the makers not only attracted the talents of Pierre Bokma and Sytske van der Ster, but also the young French actress Tatiana Chiline, who previously played a role in To The Wonder by the famous American director Terrence Malick.
All stops on the film house tour and festival screenings will be announced on this website and the film’s Facebook page.