Ena Sendijarevic / NL, SE, 2023 / 102 min.
Dutch actors Peter Faber, Hans Dagelet, Hayata Azis and Renée Soutendijk star in a satirical family drama about the demise of a sugar planter’s family in the Dutch East Indies, modern day Indonesia. Director Ena Sendijarević tackles the colonial past, making yesteryear’s social dynamic clear to today’s audiences.
During the twilight of the colonial era in the Dutch East Indies, sugar planter Jan (Dagelet) suddenly drops dead – in front of his wife Agathe (Soutendijk) of all people – after a nighttime visit to his concubine Siti (Aziz)). The family is in a right state: what to do after the patriarch’s death? The prodigal son Cornelis is to take over, yet the testament dictates its own, unexpected will …
Prior to the screening of Sweet Dreams, you will see the short film Sugar (2006) by Yasmijn Karhof. Viewed with a playful eye, everyday things such as a heap of sugar undergo a metamorphosis and change into a shimmering crystal mountain landscape where clouds pass by.