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06/05

Feature film, 2005, 117 min.

Van Gogh's last feature film is a personal reconstruction of the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on 6 May 2002. The thriller, adapted from Thomas Ross' book De zesde mei, is told from the perspective of Ayse Him, a Turkish conservationist working for the Dutch Secret Service, and press photographer Jim de Booy. The film opens with infiltrator Ayse feeding Volkert van der G.'s plan to liquidate Fortuyn to the Secret Service. At the same time, Jim is photographing a soap star at the Media Park in Hilversum. A passer-by disappears behind the fence. Shots are heard, police sirens start to blare and a car drives off, grazing against Jim's motorbike. Quickly, the photographer takes some pictures, not knowing they will turn out crucial. From that moment on, Jim steps into a snake pit of intrigue and imbroglio, in which both he and his daughter are threatened and Ayse's and Jim's paths cross. The film, interlarded with TV footage, suggests that the murder of Fortuyn was not a one-man crusade, but a preconceived plan of the Secret Service, international businessmen and hypocritical politicians.

won prizes

  • NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Special Jury Prize

nominations

  • NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf

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