On Thursday 24 November, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands announced its first world premiere for IFFR 2017 (25 Jan – 5 Feb): Double Play by Ernest Dickerson.
“A film about Curaçao, the past and a game of dominoes, after the much lauded novel Double Play by Frank Martinus Arion. The cast and crew will walk the red carpet for the festive premiere in Rotterdam.
Double Play was directed by American filmmaker Ernest Dickerson (1951), who previously created Juice and Bulletproof, and directed episodes of Dexter, The Wire and The Walking Dead. Producer Lisa Cortes was, among other things, responsible for the highly praised film Precious. Double Play is an adaptation of the eponymous book Double Play. In 1973, this much lauded novel by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion (1936 – 2015) provided unique insight into culture and society on Curaçao by means of an exciting story of intrigue and a game of dominoes. Dickerson’s version bringing the story to the silver screen and the present, providing both a historic and contemporary perspective on Curaçao.
Double Play is about an older man named Ostrik who returns to Curaçao and his childhood after many years abroad. Ostrik reminisces about 1973 and the events surrounding a game his father played which had major consequences for Ostrik’s youth. The dramatic poverty and colorful landscapes provide the background for the leads who represent Curaçao’s melting pot: a story of pride and humiliation, money and love, ambition and hope.”
Continue reading here on the website of International Film Festival Rotterdam.