The Player

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A film about gambling, winning and losing in the broadest sense of the words, based on the director’s memories of his father. Childhood memories of innocent fun and games give way to depictions of later high-risk ventures, life-threatening antics and inveterate gambling addiction.

The film is a son’s personal quest to find his father and an in-depth examination of the real gambler’s soul. A search for the universal tragedy behind hardened risk-taking and the reality of how the tension and the ecstasy contrast with the pain and the loneliness. The director focuses on three gamblers: a bookie, a poker player and a criminal roulette addict who know all about winning and losing. In this way he delves artistically into the mysterious mind of his father, who was not just a gambler, but a player of life.
The Player

Director: JOHN APPEL

Producer: CARMEN COBOS

Date of release: 2010

written and directed by JOHN APPEL
photography ERIK VAN EMPEL
sound MARK WESSNER
edited by MARIO STEENBERGEN
music by WOUTER VAN BEMMEL
dubbing mixer HUGO DIJKSTAL
associate producer JUDITH VRERIKS
commissioning editor NPS ANNEMIEK VAN DER ZANDEN
produced by CARMEN COBOS

Made with the participation of the CoBO Fund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund & The Netherlands Film Fund

Distribution:
International sales: Cobos Films www.cobosfilms.nl
Distributor Benelux: Cinema Delicatessen www.cinemadelicatessen.nl

Length: 85’ digibeta 16.9 & HD Versions: Dutch, with English subtitles

Copyright: © 2010 Cobos Films BV/ NPS


Best Dutch Feature Documentary, Idfa 2009
Best Documentary Film at Film Forum Zadar Croatia 2010
Stimulans voor Succesprijzen over 2010

Nomination:
Best International Feature Documentary,
Idfa 2009 Best International Feature Documentary,
Shanghai TV Festival 2010

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