by Aliona van der Horst, Luuk Bouwman

International Competition

Doc, Italian Premiere

(Netherlands / 2023 / 77’)


Gerlach is a loving and humorous portrait of Gerlach, who has been growing vegetables in the shadow of Amsterdam Airport for sixty years. Around him, he has seen everything change. His simple wooden house is now wedged in between a Shell petrol station, a McDonalds outlet and various distribution centers. With great dedication he cares for his beets and grains, while property developers eye his land and climate change disrupts his harvest. Despite everything that comes his way, Gerlach stands tall with his humor, helped by his loving brothers and friends. His little house is the raindrop in which our absurdist world is reflected.

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