John en Gena
An anti-Hollywood tragicomedy about the work and life of filmmaking couple John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. Starring Elsie de Brauw, Bert Luppes, Wine Dierickx and Matijs Jansen.
Wonderful love letter to John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ nrc
Run time 90 minutes
Both performances feature English surtitles
John en Gena
From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, John and Gena kicked against the Hollywood cult. Their work balanced on the border between fiction and reality with their personal life as the greatest source of inspiration. Movies were shot in their living room and even the kids played along. With age, the topics changed. In the beginning professional success was central, later the focus was on the search for meaning and happiness. The melancholy films show the dark side of The American Dream. But despite all the setbacks, the characters persist in their search for meaning.
Two generations of actors with a (Young) Hollandia past, Elsie de Brauw and Bert Luppes, Wine Dierickx and Matijs Jansen, throw themselves into the work and life of John and Gena in this performance. What role does success, love, intimacy, work and aging play for the different generations? All this in the raw, radical style that characterises the films and shows so beautifully that life itself can be bigger-than-life.
performance Elsie de Brauw, Bert Luppes, Wine Dierickx en Matijs Jansen
director Lizzy Timmers
design Maarten van Otterdijk