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OT: Michiel de Ruyter

Roel Reiné // Netherlands, 2014
Fiction Feature // FF2015
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The middle of the 17th century. The Netherlands are being besieged on land and sea by the English and the French. On top of that, there is the threat of civil war, which would make the enemy’s task that much easier. Battle-hardened Admiral Michiel de Ruyter is tasked with leading the Dutch fleet to war and saving the country from apparently certain defeat. With cunning and decisiveness, he manages to succeed and is feted as a hero. But de Ruyter’s popularity is a thorn in the side of the heads of state, who are worried about losing their positions of power. They thus concoct a senseless military mission to send him on. The film caused a major controversy on its release: for some de Ruyter is a national hero, for others a tool of the colonial slave trade.




Michiel de Ruyter

Fiction Feature

Dutch, English, French




151 min

OV with English subtitles

Roel Reiné

Alex van Galen, Lars Boom

Frank Lammers, Sanne Langelaar, Barry Atsma, Egbert-Jan Weeber, Derek de Lint, Hajo Bruins, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Gene Bervoets

Klaas de Jong

Roel Reiné

Radu Ion

Trevor Morris

Ruben Schwartz

Arclight Films

Farmhouse Film

Sophie Werdmüller von Elgg, Farmhouse Film: sophie@farmhousefilm.nl

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