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Quality Time

Daan Bakker
Netherlands, Norway  2017 / 85’
Nothingwood Requiem for Mrs. J

Do you lack assertiveness or a clear purpose in life? Are you convinced that you have been abducted by aliens? If any of these sound familiar, Bakker's film is sure to make you feel even worse. Koen, Stefan, Kjell, Karel, and Jef are all on the threshold of adulthood. Koen stuffs himself with milk and meat to avoid annoying his uncle. Stefan moves in with his parents and spends his days testing the limits of his guitar amplifier - until he switches tracks completely and enrolls in an artistic photography course. Kjell, on the other hand, continues to relive traumatic spankings from his childhood and finds himself unable to function in society. In five grotesquely exaggerated stories about boys who are lost as adults, the director finds room for irony and sentiment. In addition, he turns Quality Time into a narrative adventure that relies on conventions borrowed from adventure video games, Arthurian legends, and Roy Anderson's anecdotal films.

Maciej Stasiowski


Rotterdam IFF 2017 - MovieZone Award

Daan Bakker

Born in Harderwijk in 1979, Daan Bakker is a film and theater director and a graduate of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. His 17-minute debut, Jacco's Film (2009), was the subject of some attention at the Berlinale, as was A Christmoose Story (2013), which was co-written by Bakker and competed for the best film award. In his full feature debut, Quality Time (2017), Bakker gives voice to a theatrical short that reaches a Beckettian level of absurdity while bending the rules of filmmaking.


2009 Jacco's Film (short)

2010 Bukowski (short)

2017 Quality Time

Cast & Crew

director Daan Bakker
screenplay Daan Bakker
cinematography Robbie van Brussel
editing Sander Vos
music Bram Meindersma
cast Noël Keulen, Thomas Aske Berg, Giulio D'Anna, Steve Aernouts
producer Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers
production Leader Films (NO), VPRO (NL)
sales M-Appeal
language Dutch, Norwegian, English
colouration colour & b&w