May 20, 2022

The European

2016, The Netherlands, 90′ A film by Dirk Jan Roeleven ‘The European’ is a behind-the-scenes portrait of Frans Timmermans, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Vice-President of the European Commission and a true diplomat. Filmmaker Dirk-Jan Roeleven follows…

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2016, The Netherlands, 90′
A film by Dirk Jan Roeleven

‘The European’ is a behind-the-scenes portrait of Frans Timmermans, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Vice-President of the European Commission and a true diplomat. Filmmaker Dirk-Jan Roeleven follows him for nearly two years, from his appointment as Vice-President of the European Commission in 2014 to the Brexit referendum. As he is filmed in taxis, planes and cheerless hotel rooms, he talks openly about his assertiveness and the qualities of a good diplomat, while dealing with the refugee crisis and increasing negative attitudes towards the EU.

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