CARROUSEL
A film by Marina Meijer



Synopsis
At a center in Rotterdam called De Nieuwe Kans (“The New Chance”), young men with troubled or criminal backgrounds are supported in getting back onto the right path. Shaped by their pasts, and on the brink of adulthood, these boys struggle to change for the benefit of a society that seems to have no place for them. Their motivated counselors give them second chances again and again. With personal attention and never-ending patience, they try to really get through to the young men. But isn’t it already too late?

In confrontational close-ups and precisely framed shots, which they seem to want to break out of, director Marina Meijer filmed the intense interactions between the young men and their counselors for almost a year. As raw as it is moving, Carrousel sets out an intimate and realistic portrait of the ability — and inability — to change. A microcosm that tells a larger story of social inequality and the vital importance of sincere attention.

Additional information
In co-production with VPRO.
With financial support of NPO Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Marina Meijer's filmplan won the Karen de Bok Talent Prijs 2017. This film has been developed with the support of the IDFAcademy & NPO-fonds workshop. 

MEDIA
Marina Meijer in Cineville - 22 January 2019
Marina Meijer in De Volkskrant - 26 November 2019
Cineuropa on Carrousel - 25 March 2020
Marina Meijer in Kunststof - 13 April 2020
NRC on Carrousel - 21 April 2020
Het Parool on Carrousel - 21 April 2020

Credits
DIRECTOR, CAMERA & SOUND Marina Meijer
EDITOR Nicole Hálová
SOUND DESIGN Jacob Oostra
LINE PRODUCER Floor van Benthem
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Anouk Houtman
ADDITIONAL SOUND Daimo da Costa
FOLEY ARTIST Ronnie van der Veer
COLOUR GRADING Michiel Rummens
IMAGE PROCESSING & MASTERING Jan Jaap Kuiper
SCRIPT COACH Joost Seelen
SYNC & TRANSCODING Laurent Fluttert
PRODUCERS BASALT FILM Simone van den Broek & Eline van Wees
COMMISSIONING EDITORS VPRO Barbara Truyen & Annemiek van der Zanden

Screenings and media
World premiere on November 23rd at IDFA 2019: IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary & IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary.

Special IDFA screenings: VPRO Preview day & the Volkskrant-day.
Selected for Cinéma du réel 2020.
TV broadcast: 20 April 2020
Carrousel won a Golden Calf for Best Short Documentary at NFF 2020.

 Presskit Carrousel ENG
 Presskit Carrousel NL