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Going Dutch: Steve McQueen & Bianca Stigter Pair on The Occupied City

Going Dutch: Steve McQueen & Bianca Stigter Pair on The Occupied City

After mapping out the Chicagoan underworld in Widows, master British helmer Steve McQueen has teamed with his significant other in author / Dutch-born Bianca Stigter to find what is behind closed doors in WWII set Netherlands in The Occupied City (De Bezette Stad). Receiving some coin from the Netherlands Film Fund, Stigter (profiled by the Even Standard) who is credited as an associate producer on 12 Years a Slave and Widows will adapt from her own book. This is a co-production between Dutch prod co. Family Affair Films and UK’s Lammas Park. Grant coin totals €800,000.

Gist: Based on Bianca Stigter’s Atlas van een bezette stad (Atlas of an Occupied City), this looks behind the doors and street corners of Amsterdam during WWII.

Worth Noting: From Wiki,70% of the country’s Jewish population were killed during the conflict, a much higher percentage than comparable countries, such as Belgium and France. In 2008, records were opened that revealed the Germans had paid a bounty to Dutch police and administration officials to locate and identify Jews, aiding in their capture. But, uniquely among all German occupied areas, the city of Amsterdam organized an industrial action to protest the persecution of its Jewish citizens.

Do We Care?: After bursting onto the scene with seminal Hunger (2009) and landing awards accolades with 12 Years a Slave, if this becomes McQueen’s next film project then it’ll certainly involve Dutch acting talent.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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