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Nelson the Piglet

Nelson the Piglet

Nelson het minivarken
Anneke De Lind van Wijngaarden
Netherlands
2023
15 min
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary
Synopsis

Nelson is a miniature pig—at least, that’s what the Verbeek family were told when they bought him as a cute little piglet. But seven years and 500 kilos later, Nelson has become a big problem. The neighbors and the housing association think it’s unacceptable to have such a large and smelly animal in a residential neighborhood. Son Brandon is being bullied at school because of his pet.

But everything changes when the media get wind of Nelson: the family becomes an internet sensation, and is famous all over the Netherlands. Filmmaker Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden (How Nikita Got Herself a Horse) follows the family through all their ups and downs, with affectionate close-ups of Nelson, who is befuddled at all the commotion he is causing.

At times this upbeat documentary is more like a short feature film, because of the way it builds tension and introduces the various characters—including the police officer who comes to check on whether the neighbors’ complaints about offensive smells are justified.

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Credits
15 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch
Director
    Anneke De Lind van Wijngaarden
    Anneke De Lind van Wijngaarden
Production
    Maarten Kuit for Hazazah Pictures ,
    Jeroen van den Idsert for Hazazah Pictures
    Maarten Kuit for Hazazah Pictures ,
    Jeroen van den Idsert for Hazazah Pictures
Executive producer
    Nienke Rispens for Hazazah Pictures
    Nienke Rispens for Hazazah Pictures
Cinematography
    Jeroen Kiers
    Jeroen Kiers
Editing
    Sonja ten Boom
    Sonja ten Boom
Sound
    Matthijs Klijn,
    Sofie van der Meer,
    Tim Marsman,
    Suzanne Boekestijn
    Matthijs Klijn,
    Sofie van der Meer,
    Tim Marsman,
    Suzanne Boekestijn
Sound Design
    Brandon Grötzinger
    Brandon Grötzinger
Music
    Rob van de Schootbrugge
    Rob van de Schootbrugge
Narrator
    Maarten van Rossem
    Maarten van Rossem
Involved TV Channel
    KRO-NCRV
    KRO-NCRV
Screening copy
    Hazazah Pictures
    Hazazah Pictures

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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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