A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES (9', The Netherlands, 2011)

 

Audience Favorite Live Action Short in Palm Springs 2012, screened and awarded in prestigious films festivals like Aspen, Clermont Ferrand and Hong Kong, A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES is a hilarious mix of animation and live action, which tells three different stories which seem unrelated: three men are having a rough day. This appears to be all that links them, as they each live in different centuries. But in an absurd twist of fate, these three unrelated incidents lead to an explosive climax in the heart of the city of Amsterdam.

Director: JOOST REIJMERS

With the support of:

 

Cast: RONALD VAN ELDEREN, WOUTER ZWEERS, BERT HANA

Screenplay: THOMAS VAN DER REE

Cinematography: TIM KERBOSCH

Editing: DAAN WIJDEVELD, WIETSE DE ZWART, JOOST REIJMERS

Music: ROBIN ASSEN

Sound: CASPER VAN DEUVEREN

Producer: DAAN FABER, IRIS VAN DEN ENDE

Production: NETHERLANDS FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY



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JOOST REIJMERS (b. 1982, Netherlands) was aware from a young age that he wanted to entertain people. After seeing WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT at the age of eight, he knew there was only one career that would satisfy him: a career in the movie industry. During his four years at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy he made a 5-minute musical, a 10-minute bank-robbery gone wrong and he graduated with a 25-minute violent thriller about a young man seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend. After graduating he was asked to direct a final Visual-Effects piece at the film school, a chance he was only too happy to accept. This project grew into A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES.

 

Best Comedy Award - Aspen Shortsfest 2012 / Audience Award for Best Live Action Short - Palm Springs 2012 / Clermont Ferrand 2012 / Youth Jury Award for Best International Film - Odense 2012 / Hong Kong IFF 2012 / ARTE Award Nominee - Munich Festival for Film Schools 2011 etc.

 

A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES is a rollercoaster ride of absurd events colliding into a ridiculous climax. As a viewer, I've always loved the work of storytellers who feel an urgent need to entertain their audience. That's what I want to achieve as a director: to pass on the bolts of energy my favourite movies gave me to future generations.” (JOOST REIJMERS)

 

"An absurdist journey through time with an explosive ending in the heart of Amsterdam, this Dutch treat won the Best Comedy Award at the recent Aspen ShortsFest, and rightly so: its inventive tale links up three hapless heroes living in different centuries whose worlds collide unexpectedly in the present day." (Palm Springs Jury)

 

“In JOOST REIJMERS’ approach, animation and filmed reality blend in a playful way to tell a funny story. Even though he uses animation as an explanatory visual aid, the way he makes it fuse with filmed images is as eloquent and natural as the way a funny gesture completes a hilarious facial expression when someone tells you a joke. So if filmmaker JOOST REIJMERS would ever come to you and ask ‘Do I have to draw you a picture?’ do not get upset. Say ‘Yes, please’, then take one step back and let him entertain you.” (Andrei Luca, BIEFF 2012)

 

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