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Activities - 30/11/2009


The Last Days of Emma Blank wins Venice Europa Cinemas Label


Alex van Warmerdam’s THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK (De Laatste Dagen van Emma Blank) a Dutch/Belgian co-production, has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors – the sixth year the Label has been awarded in the section.


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THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across the network.
The Europa Cinemas jury for this year’s Venice Festival consisted of Andrea Crozzoli, exhibitor at Cinemazero in Pordenone (Italy); Frans Westra, Programmer of Cinema Images in Gröningen (The Netherlands); Christian Braschi, exhibitor at Cinema Le Royal in Toulon (France); Urzsula Sniegowska, exhibitor at Kino Lab Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (Poland).
The jury issued the following statement: “The film takes a deliciously tragic-comic look at greed, manipulation and power at the heart of a family. Ironic and nightmareish at times, the director directs his cast with great skill and unerringly makes all the right tonal decisions. He manages to make his depiction of a family in a very Dutch setting seem universal. This is a true auteur’s film but avoids pretension entirely. We trust that our awarding of the Label to this film will contribute to it attaining the wide European audience it deserves. It was an unanimous decision”.
Sold internationally by Fortissimo Films, THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK is written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam, with Mark van Warmerdam as Producer. The cast is  Marlies Heuer (Emma Blank), Gene Bervoets (Haneveld), Eva van de Wijdeven (Gonnie), Alex van Warmerdam (Theo), Gijs Naber (Meijer), Marvan Kenzari (Martin) and Annet Malherbe (Bella). The film is produced by Graniet Film from Amsterdam  in co-production with Le Parti Production from Brussels.

Press release

In a large country home, the owner Emma Blank is very ill and is cared for by her household staff: Haneveld the head housekeeper, Bella the cook, Gonnie the maid and Meier the man-servant. Despite her desperate need for loving care, Emma is a steely, avaricious dictator whose demands become ever more absurd, to the extent that her staff is driven to madness. Until the day that they discover that they stand to inherit nothing and they drop off their charade of caring and concern and instead plot their revenge.