Dante vs. Mohammed Ali

A Film by Marc Wagenaar

Synopsis

When Wolf refuses to fight his best friend Alexander during a weekly boxing match, the whole village turns against him. He tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly romantic message runs into a wall.

Director

  • Picture of Marc Wagenaar © Marc Wagenaar

    Marc Wagenaar

    Marc received his Bachelor in Communication in his hometown, Nijmegen, where he wrote his papers for record label PIAS and the film distributor Cinéart. To develop his passion for film he moved to Berlin on invitation of the award-winning documentary maker Viola Stephan. In Berlin he completed internships for Sound Designer Adrian Baumeister (Toni Erdmann) at 'The Post Republic' and 'Berlinale Panorama' and had many different roles on film sets before he founded his own film production company 'Holy Bird Film Productions'. Under this name he wrote, directed and produced his first short film Holy Bird starring Rolf Kanies (Der Untergang). After 4 long, cold days and nights in the woods, the shooting of the film was complete. While Holy Bird was still in post-production, he had already completed his 16mm second short film The Eggman starring Lars Rudolph (Werckmeister Harmonies, Lola Rennt) and Anna Böttcher (About: Kate). His films were recognized by film festivals and by the Netherlands Film Academy where he was selected to study film directing. With a very own style, highly regarded directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Bela Tarr can clearly be seen as influences on his work. Currently he has just completed his well-received graduation film Dante vs. Mohammed Ali at the Netherlands Filmacademy.

Awards + Festivals

  • *WINNER OF THE FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN FONDS AWARD - OUTSTANDING CREW MEMBER TOBIAS CORNELISSEN (EDITOR)* *NOMINATED FOR THE PATHÉ TUSCHINSKI AWARD - BEST GRADUATION FILM* *NOMINATED FOR THE FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN FONDS AWARD - OUTSTANDING CREW MEMBER CÉSAR LÜTTGER (COMPOSER)*
    NEDERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL (Student Competition, Utrecht, The Netherlands)September 28, 2018
  • *WINNER VIDEOLAND SHORT FILM AWARD - MARC WAGENAAR* *WINNER BEST SOUND DESIGN - SELLE SELLINK* *NOMINEE BEST DIRECTOR - MARC WAGENAAR* *NOMINEE BEST ACTOR - BAS KEIZER*
    EINDHOVEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eindhoven, Netherlands)December 1, 2018
  • SCREENING KINOGLAZ LUX NIJMEGEN (Official Selection, Nijmegen, Netherlands)December 8, 2018
  • VERS AWARDS (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)December 15, 2018
  • BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • 1st INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SRIGANGANAGAR (Official Selection, Sriganganagar, India)January 19, 2019
  • *BEST LGBTQ FILM OF THE SEASON*
    2nd THINKING HAT FICTION CHALLENGE SEASON 1 (Official Selection, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)February 10, 2019
  • *GOLD WINNER – BEST ACTOR: SHORT FILM (BAS KEIZER)* *SILVER WINNER - BEST SHORT: LOVE IS LOVE* *SILVER WINNER - BEST MUSIC: SHORT FILM* *BRONZE WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR: STUDENT (MARC WAGENAAR)* *BRONZE WINNER - BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: SHORT FILM (GIJS BLOM*
    1st QUEEN PALM INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)February 20, 2019
  • *FILM OF THE MONTH* *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    4th SHORT DAYS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Roma, Italy)February 27, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • *WINNER 'BEST DUTCH FILM’* *AUDIENCE AWARD 2019*
    22nd ROZE FILMDAGEN - AMSTERDAM LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)March 14, 2019
  • 2nd GLOBAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)March 23, 2019
  • *WINNER BEST SHORT FILM* *WINNER BEST ACTOR* *SPECIAL MENTION ARTINMOVIMENTO MAGAZINE*
    6th TORINO UNDERGROUND CINEFEST (Official Selection, Turin, Italy)March 24, 2019
  • 35th WICKED QUEER: THE BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boston, USA)March 28, 2019
  • 11th GO SHORT - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (Official Selection, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)April 3, 2019
  • *BEST STUDENT SHORT*
    7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • *WINNER BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM* *WINNER AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD* *WINNER GRAND JURY PRIZE*
    18th IVY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence, RI, USA)April 8, 2019
  • 21st OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miami, FL, USA)April 22, 2019
  • 48th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Potsdam, Germany)April 24, 2019
  • *WINNER BEST LGBTQ FILM* *WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - STUDENT* *WINNER BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN*
    3rd ANNUAL JIM THORPE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jim Thorpe, PA, USA)April 25, 2019
  • 2nd MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)April 30, 2019
  • 35th SCHWULE FILMWOCHE FREIBURG (Official Selection, Freiburg, Germany)May 1, 2019
  • SOUTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)May 4, 2019
  • 10th LEIDEN INT'L SHORT FILM EXPERIENCE (Official Selection, Leiden, Netherlands)May 9, 2019
  • *BEST SHORT DRAMA*
    HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Official Selection, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • INSIDE OUT TORONTO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)May 23, 2019
  • *BEST DIRECTOR AWARD*
    * 13th SORSICORTI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, Italy)May 27, 2019
  • 6th BASTA FEST - INT'L SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bajina Bašta, Serbia)June 4, 2019
  • 17th ONE SHOT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yerevan, Armenia)June 5, 2019
  • 10th KASHISH MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)June 12, 2019
  • 21st TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel)June 16, 2019
  • 3rd SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO FILM FEST (Official Selection, Santiago del Estero, Argentina)June 25, 2019
  • QUEER FILM FESTIVAL UTRECHT (Official Selection, Utrecht, Netherlands)June 25, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • FESTIVAL HONGERIGE WOLF (Official Selection, Groningen, Netherlands)July 13, 2019
  • AEGEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Island of Patmos, Greece)July 21, 2019
  • 12th ÖRDÖGKATLAN FESZTIVÁL (Official Selection, Baranya County, Hungary)July 30, 2019
  • 10th BANGALORE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangalore, India)August 1, 2019
  • REEL DESIRES: CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Chennai, India)August 2, 2019
  • 29th ANNUAL HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Honolulu, Hawaii)August 8, 2019
  • THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE LGBTQ FEST FEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)August 12, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • *WINNER BEST FICTION BY THE STUDENTS JURY*
    19th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE ESCUELAS DE CINE (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)August 14, 2019
  • 19th NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nevada City, CA, USA)August 23, 2019
  • VERS - FILM IN HET PARK 2019 (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)August 26, 2019
  • 2nd FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE-PARANA 2019 (Official Selection, Parana, Argentina)September 4, 2019
  • *JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM*
    6th VILNIUS QUEER FESTIVAL “KREIVĖS" (Official Selection, Vilnius, Lithuania)September 4, 2019
  • 3rd MANIFESTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 6, 2019
  • 3rd KEREKDOMB FESZTIVÁL (Official Selection, Tállya, Hungary)September 12, 2019
  • WEST BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 17, 2019
  • 37th CHICAGO LGBTQ+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chicago, IL, USA)September 19, 2019
  • *BEST FILM (EX AEQUO)*
    23th 2019 QUEER LISBOA (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)September 20, 2019
  • *INTERNATIONAL SHORT MOVIE AWARD*
    10th JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DELHI (Official Selection, Delhi, India)September 26, 2019
  • FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL SIGNES DE NUIT - PARIS (France Premiere, Official Selection, Paris, France)October 3, 2019
  • *NOMINEE IRIS PRIZE*
    13th IRIS PRIZE LGBT+ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cardiff, Wales, UK)October 8, 2019
  • 16th SEDICICORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forli, Italy)October 11, 2019
  • 16th PROVINZIALE - FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Official Selection, Eberswalde, Germany)October 12, 2019
  • 6th MALTER VANDOR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Debrecen, Hungary)October 15, 2019
  • 13th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Thessaloniki, Greece)October 17, 2019
  • 16th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington, DC, USA)October 19, 2019
  • 23rd PERLEN - QUEER FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER (Official Selection, Hannover, Germany)October 19, 2019
  • 12th LLAMALE H INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)October 24, 2019
  • 15th PANORAMA INTERNACIONAL COISA DE CINEMA (Official Selection, Salvador, Brazil)October 30, 2019
  • 15th EARLY BIRD INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Bulgarian Premiere, Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2019
  • ROZE FILMAVOND AVANTI (Official Selection, Almere, The Netherlands)November 1, 2019
  • 20th MEZIPATRA QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prague and Brno, Czech Republic)November 7, 2019
  • 23rd QUEERSICHT FILM FESTIVAL (Swiss Premiere, Official Selection, Bern, Switzerland)November 8, 2019
  • 2nd LAS VEGAS QUEER ARTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA)November 8, 2019
  • 27th MIXBRASIL (Dutch Program, São Paulo, Brazil)November 13, 2019
  • SHORTCUTZ CASCAIS 2019 (Queer Lisboa Showcase, Cascais, Portugal)November 14, 2019
  • 26th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ETIUDA&ANIMA 2019 (Polish Premiere, Official Selection, Krakow, Poland)November 19, 2019
  • 17th FILMFEST DÜSSELDORF (Official Selection, Düsseldorf, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 20th BACKUP & BEYOND FILM AND MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Weimar, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 22nd FESTIVAL AUTORSKOG FILMA - AUTHORS FILM FESTIVAL (Bašta Fest showcase, Belgrade, Serbia)November 22, 2019
  • 13th LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 22, 2019
  • EAST EUROPE FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)November 23, 2019
  • 10th SOUND & IMAGE CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Macau, China)December 3, 2019
  • 37th FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS (Official Selection, Aix-en-Provence, France)December 3, 2019
  • 11th INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MERLINKA (Serbian Premiere, Official Selection, Belgrade, Serbia)December 5, 2019
  • 3rd LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV - WORLD CINE FEST (Official Selection, Lonavla, Pune, India)December 12, 2019
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL PUNE INDIA 2019 (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 16, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Marc Wagenaar
Screenplay
Marc Wagenaar
Producer
Bettie Warnier, Dominique Hoogendoorn, Hanna Burkhardt
Director of Photography
Sjors Mosman
Art Direction
Pieter Christiaans
Costume Design
Thijs Van Der Heijden
Sound
Suzan Van Eck
Editor
Tobias Cornelissen
Sound Design
Selle Sellink
Music
César Lüttger

Cast

Wolf
Bas Keizer
Alexander
Gijs Blom
Grandpa
Helmert Woudenberg
Grandma
Olga Zuiderhoek

Details

Running Time
28:11 min
Shooting Format
2K Digital
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

Netherlands Film Academy
Markenplein 1,
1011 MV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Marion Slewe
marion.slewe@ahk.nl

PRODUCER

Bettie Warnier

+31 612127357
bettiewrnr@gmail.com

DIRECTOR

Marc Wagenaar
Prinsengracht 743 E
1017 JX, Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 628249639
mppwagenaar@gmail.com
www.holybirds.com