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And a Happy New Year

And a Happy New Year

Sebastian Mulder
Netherlands
2023
21 min
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary
Synopsis

There are 8,765 hours in a year, and at the end of it, millions of euros’ worth of fireworks go up in smoke in the Netherlands, as in many other parts of the world. Many people enjoy this, but for animals, New Year’s Eve is a total nightmare. To make their experience tangible, Sebastian Mulder’s documentary takes an original approach: in the run-up to the big night, dogs belonging to different owners are fitted with a GoPro, and we follow their movements.

From the first bangs during the day to the deafening spectacle at midnight and in the hours afterwards, we witness the tension, stress and fear of the animals and their owners. This is certainly no celebration. We also see the effects on animals in pastures and in nature—the panic among horses, foxes and birds is filmed using infrared cameras.

The poetry of the nighttime shots and the fireworks filmed in slow motion contrast starkly with the trembling, panting and slobbering animals in bare bathrooms and under beds. No commentary is needed, the images and sound speak for themselves, and the message is loud and clear—even louder than the fireworks.

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Credits
21 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch
Director
    Sebastian Mulder
    Sebastian Mulder
Production
    Sebastian Mulder
    Sebastian Mulder
Cinematography
    Dick Harrewijn
    Dick Harrewijn
Editing
    Nina Graafland,
    Sebastian Mulder
    Nina Graafland,
    Sebastian Mulder
Sound Design
    Nick Smith
    Nick Smith
Screening copy
    Sebastian Mulder Films
    Sebastian Mulder Films

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The IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary offers world-class films that challenge the definition of youth documentary. Selected titles are presented for two distinct age groups: 9- to 12-year-olds, and 13-year-olds all the way to adulthood.
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And a Happy New Year

And a Happy New Year

Sebastian Mulder
2023
21 min