East Coast Premiere
Country: Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands
Original Title: DE SURPRISE
Running Time: 111min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º
Eccentric multimillionaire Jacob (Jeroen van Koningsbrugge) has had enough of his lavish lifestyle. In fact he’s had enough of living altogether: Jacob’s father disappeared when he was only four years old, and ever since he has existed as a void of human emotion. Seeing no other way out of his sad waste of a life, Jacob hires a company that will snuff it out without him knowing precisely when or where.
While selecting his coffin, Jacob meets the beautiful Ann (Georgina Verbaan), who just happens to be shopping for her coffin as well—and has also made arrangements for her own demise. When, to their great surprise, Jacob and Georgina fall in love, they realize that each now has a reason to keep living and must scramble to cancel the contracts they have on their lives before it’s too late.
Based on a short story by Dutch writer H.J. Schönfeld, this latest feature from Mike van Diem—whose 1997 film Character took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film—is a dark romantic comedy brimming with fiendish plot twists. At the heart of The Surprise is a story of love—but the stakes are strictly life and death. – Andres Castillo
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Director: Mike Vam Diem
Producer: Hans de Weers, Mike van Diem, Els Vandevorst
Screenwriter: Mike Vam Diem
Cinematographer: Rogier Stoffers
Editor: Jessica de Koning