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Floor van der Meulen preparing the dramedy Methusalem

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- The young Dutch director will start filming her second feature at the beginning of April

Floor van der Meulen preparing the dramedy Methusalem
Director Floor van der Meulen

Dutch writer-director Floor van der Meulen is now preparing her sophomore feature, a dramedy entitled Methusalem. The project will be filmed in the Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy, and will start principal photography at the beginning of April. After her studies at Rotterdam’s Willem de Kooning Academy, van der Meulen worked as an assistant director for documentarian Klaartje Quirijns and other Dutch filmmakers. In 2015, together with Issa Touma and Thomas Vroege, she made the internationally acclaimed short documentary 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, followed by another short set in Syria, Greetings from Aleppo (2017). Her debut feature, Last Male Standing, was made in 2019.

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The story of her new directorial effort, penned in its entirety by screenwriter Bastiaan Kroeger (C'est déjà l'été [+see also:
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), revolves around a 29-year-old woman called Iris, who unexpectedly hears from her seventy-something father Jan that he has had enough of life and so is forced to face the absurdity of the situation. As his unsettling deadline approaches, Iris decides to ignore the well-oiled action plan her family has come up with. She kidnaps Jan and takes him to the snow-covered mountains of Slovenia, to find a way to deal with her father’s last wish.

Methusalem is being produced by Derk-Jan Warrink and Koji Nelissen for Amsterdam-based Kepler Film (Netherlands), in co-operation with Ljubljana-based firm Staragara (Slovenia) and San Vito al Tagliamento-based outfit Nefertiti (Italy). Additional funding was provided by Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC), the Slovenian Film Centre and VIBA. Paradiso Films will be in charge of its distribution in the Benelux region. Producer Derk-Jan Warrink has confirmed that the film’s sales agent will be announced during this year’s Berlinale and that the full cast will be confirmed before the beginning of the festival.

The movie will be world-premiered during the second quarter of 2021.

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