Punks / Rotjochies

A film by

the Netherlands | 90' | 11/2019 | documentary

Punks shows three Dutch teenagers whose behaviour is criminal. They are trying to better their lives with the help of a no-nonsense caretaker, somewhere deep in rural France. If they fail, they will be handed over to a closed juvenile home. In Punks the filmmaker is in search of the root cause of the survival strategies that derailed and unmanageable young people have developed. What makes these kids so angry, indifferent, numb and even unscrupulous? What happened to them? Why do they behave the way they do?

“She films with feeling, without ever getting sentimental or sensationalist. It is all about being at the right place, at the right time.”
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“She films with feeling, without ever getting sentimental or sensationalist. It is all about being at the right place, at the right time.”
Square Eyes - IDFA BLACK OS19

Maasja Ooms

Biography

Maasja Ooms has completed the Photo Academy and the Film Academy in the early nineties. After having worked as a cinematographer for about 15 years, she has developed herself into an editor. At first she worked on documentaries she had filmed herself, later on she also edited other films and worked as an edit coach. Because of her strong involvement as a cinematographer with respect to content, the films became a collaborative effort, in co direction.

In 2013 Maasja started an extensive research, focussing on observations about the behaviour between people. This led to the production of two films, which Maasja directed, filmed and edited. Tussen Mensen (55’, VPRO, 2015) and ALICIA (90’, VPRO, 2017, IDFA Dutch competition).

Filmography

  • Punks – 2019 – feature length documentary
  • Alicia –  2017 – feature length documentary
  • Tussen Mensen – 2015 – mid length documentary
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Crew

Director: Maasja Ooms
Producer: Cerutti Film: Willemijn Cerutti
Cinematographer: Maasja Ooms
Sound: Maasja Ooms
Sound design: Marc Lizier
Editor: Sander Vos

Festivals

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherland (20 November – 1 December, 2019)
    IDFA Competition For Feature-Length Documentary & Dutch Documentary Won: Best Editing & Best Cinematography – Special Mention Dutch Documentary
  • DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland (27 January – 2 February, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (5 – 14 March. 2020)
    Official Selection

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Press quotes

“It is obviously Ooms’ accomplishment that the film gives you the idea you’re actually learning something about the way teenagers feel and think – but mostly feel. She manages to come close, literally and figuratively, presenting some nice cinematography along the way.
She films with feeling, without ever getting sentimental or sensationalist. It is all about being at the right place, at the right time.”
IDFA Review: Punks – Nicole Santé

“Maasja Ooms’ Punks, which, in what can feel like real time, soberly tells a heartbreaking story of a rehab center cum farm that works with troubled young men and is anchored by the extraordinary woman who runs the farm. (It won Best Editing.)”
IDFA 2019: Telling Truths and Meeting Friends – Patricia Aufderheide