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A Noble Intention

aka Public Works (Publieke Werken)
Netherlands 2015. Dir: Joram Lürsen. 115 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | Joram Lürsen’s lavish, period-perfect costume drama — a box-office smash at home — is based on the eponymous bestselling Dutch novel by Thomas Rosenboom, winner of the 2000 Libris Literature Award. “1888: the magnificent Central Station in Amsterdam is being built, and in an effort to gentrify the area, all houses must yield for the planned luxury Victoria Hotel. A violin maker, Vedder, refuses to give his house up, and together with his cousin Anijs — a pharmacist facing legal problems for illegal medical practices — plans a scheme that will benefit both men and also, more altruistically, help a colony of poor peat-cutters. But passion, pride, and stubbornness will bring tragic consequences" (Dutch Features). In Dutch with English subtitles.

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