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BLIND DATE, THE (REMAKE)
Controversial international filmmaker Theo van Gogh was, to say the least, a celebrated talent. He directed 13 highly acclaimed films and was awarded the Dutch Academy Award for best direction a record four times. Sadly, however, he has become most famous for his shocking murder. He was shot and killed in cold blood on 2 November 2004 by a religious fundamentalist angered over the portrayal of Islam in his short film Submission Part 1.
After his tragic death, producers Bruce Weiss and Gijs van de Westelaken decided to fulfill Theo’s dream of remaking three of his original films in English with Hollywood stars.
In Blind Date, the second in the trilogy, is a remake of van Gogh’s 1996 winner of best actor, best actress, and best director at the Dutch Academy Awards. It’s the story of two parents who talk, flirt, and fight with each other to try and cope with the loss of their young daughter. They go on a series of “blind dates,” each placing personal ads in the paper and pretending to be strangers when they meet. They do this over and over again, both playing a series of different roles, in a desperate attempt to overcome their buried grief and rebuild their shattered relationship.
Patricia Clarkson, Thijs Romer, Stanley Tucci
Arthouse / Drama
Sundance Film Festival | United States
Sao Paulo Intl Film Festival | Brazil