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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person!

Messi and Maud

La Holandesa

2017, Marleen Jonkman, Netherlands, 92 min. With Rifka Lodeizen, Cristóbal Farias.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 23rd 8:15pm
  • Sat, Mar 24th 5:15pm

"An offbeat character study that's brimming with unexpectedly engrossing interludes." - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

"Shot mostly in Spanish and rich in striking, location-based photography...revel[s] in Chile's endlessly varying and frequently stunning natural landscapes." - Ben Croll, Screen Daily

A road movie set against the ever-changing landscape of Chile, this story of a forty-something Dutch woman's attempt to kick over the traces of her former life in a foreign country follows an impulsive journey that produces psychic fallout when cultures collide. Maud (Lodeizen), the childless survivor of one too many miscarriages, ditches her husband on their Andes ski vacation and takes off alone in the night, a hitchhiking backpacker with a series of made-up identities. A ride with an abusive truck driver ends with Maud escaping with his little boy, who calls himself Messi after his favorite soccer star. Less a surrogate mother than a free-spirited playmate, Maud finds fun times wearing thin in the face of the child's expectations, and searches her soul for an endgame. In Dutch and Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Visit Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Attendees will receive a complimentary Daelmans stroopwafel cookie.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Special thanks to Ace Hotel for their support.


March 23 & 24: Director Marleen Jonkman and casting director Rodrigo del Castillo are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings. The discussion on Saturday 3/24 will be moderated by School of the Art Institute lecturer Máire Witt O'Neill, an interdisciplinary artist who co-creates the series Sad Girls Club TV.

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