Wim Verstappen / NL, 1978 / 127 min.
‘All of Vestdijk’s books deserve to be turned into films’, director Wim Verstappen already claimed early on in his career. After his break with Pim de la Parra in the middle of the 1970s, he finally turned to filming one of them. In his screen adaptation of Pastorale 1943, Verstappen skillfully paints the resistance movement in a small town in the Betuwe region in the Netherlands. The underground activities are not so much heroically coordinated as carried out with a hit-and-miss flair.
Screened in 35mm (Eye collection).