The Paradise Suite

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Netherlands | 2015 | 122 minutes | Joost van Ginkel

Set in modern-day Amsterdam, this narrative mosaic follows the interwoven lives of six immigrants, whose homelands range from Africa to Bulgaria, as they search for a better life in a world that seems determined to exploit them. 

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Dutch director Joost van Ginkel doesn't seem particularly attached to the Dutch language. His first feature chronicled a teenage romance between two Dutch deaf-mutes, while his second, The Paradise Suite, looks at foreigners in the Netherlands, all hoping and searching for a better or easier life. It isn't a spoiler to say that most of them will not quite find what they are looking for. Van Ginkel's films reveal a country that's more bracingly pluralistic than one might suspect, though The Paradise Suite, which represented the country in this year's foreign-language Oscar® race, also suggests that the Netherlands isn't an easy place to live. Six stories of foreign visitors—some legal, some less so—are combined here and occasionally overlap; for example, in a scene in which an aspiring Bulgarian model, lured to Amsterdam under false pretenses, and an African immigrant are forced to perform together. The result, though visually surreal, is documentary-like in the way the characters' emotions and the country's many paradoxes hit home, hard.

Director Biography
Joost van Ginkel has had a great career, with his work featured in renowned film festivals. The Paradise Suite is his second feature film.

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  • Director: Joost van Ginkel
  • Principal Cast: Anjela Nedyalkova, Boris Isaković, Erik Adelöw, Issaka Sawadogo, Jasna Djuričić, Magnus Krepper
  • Country: Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 122 minutes
  • Producer: Jeroen Beker, Ellen Havenith
  • Screenplay: Joost van Ginkel
  • Cinematographers: Andréas Lennartson
  • Editors: Bob Soetekouw, Teun Rietveld, Wouter van Luijn
  • Music: Bram Meindersma
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2015 (Foreign Language Film), Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015 (Jury Award for Best Actor, Ecumenical Jury Award), Subtitle European Film Festival 2015 (Best Actress), Sofia International Film Festival 2016 (Special Mention Award for Best Actress)
  • Filmography: 170 Hz (2011)
  • Language: French, Bosnian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Dutch
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Media Luna New Films