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Glass, My Unfulfilled Life

Glass, My Unfulfilled Life

Glas, mijn onvervulde leven
Rogier Kappers
Netherlands
2023
94 min
World Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

In this original and funny self-portrait, moving between hope, despair and heartbreak, we follow the main character Rogier Kappers for seven years. He wants to realize the dream he had as a nine-year-old boy: to become a famous musician playing the glass organ, an instrument made of singing glasses. Boundless optimism or naive impulsivity?

“He always thought he would have made it by 52, but that clearly didn’t work out,” says the ironic narrator. Kappers had always been a dreamer, full of ideas and projects that were supposed to bring him happiness or fortune, but something always went wrong. Insecure but stubborn, he is now finding his way as a street and stage musician. He gets an autograph from his idol Arvo Pärt, practices endlessly on the heavenly sounding glasses, and in between a trip to Dubai, an appearance on national TV, and frantic work on his vacation home, he finds out how this project, too, can be as unexpected as life itself. Or is he actually looking for love?

A glorious coming-of-old-age drama, in which Kappers’ father provides down-to-earth commentary, and creative ambition arises from the feeling that time is running out and everything needs to change.

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Credits
94 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch, English
Director
    Rogier Kappers
    Rogier Kappers
Production
    Lidija Zelović for Zelovic Film
    Lidija Zelović for Zelovic Film
Executive producer
    Estelle Bovelander
    Estelle Bovelander
Cinematography
    Alexander Goekjian,
    Rogier Kappers
    Alexander Goekjian,
    Rogier Kappers
Editing
    Alexander Goekjian
    Alexander Goekjian
Sound
    Edwin Bakker
    Edwin Bakker
Sound Design
    Nenad Šimšić
    Nenad Šimšić
Screenplay
    Rogier Kappers,
    Alexander Goekjian
    Rogier Kappers,
    Alexander Goekjian
Narration
    Rogier Kappers,
    Alexander Goekjian
    Rogier Kappers,
    Alexander Goekjian
Narrator
    Kay Mastenbroek
    Kay Mastenbroek
Involved TV Channel
    Jelle Peter de Ruiter for KRO-NCRV,
    Yolande van der Blij for KRO-NCRV
    Jelle Peter de Ruiter for KRO-NCRV,
    Yolande van der Blij for KRO-NCRV
World Sales
    Zelovic Film
    Zelovic Film
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Amstelfilm
    Amstelfilm
Screening copy
    Rogier Kappers for Zelovic Film
    Rogier Kappers for Zelovic Film
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