Director: Pim de la Parra

Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (1969)
| USA: Obsessions
| GER: Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand

Dutch Cinema: Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (1969)

Director: Pim de la Parra
Cast: Alexandra Stewart, Dieter Geissler, Tom van Beek, Donald Jones, Elisabeth Versluys, Marijke Boonstra, Fons Rademakers, Hasmig Terveen, Michael Krebs,


A painting falls off the wall in a rented room. The tenant, Nils (Dieter Geissler), a doctorate student in medicine, looks through the little hole in the wall to what happens in his neighbors room. What he sees makes him forget his textbooks quickly. It's not just the sex that generates his curiosity; Soon he witnesses events that point towards a crime. As he becomes more and more entangled in the web of mystery, his fiancé, Marina (Alexandra Stewart), a young journalist, receives an assignment to report a murder case.
Camera: Jan de Bont !

Script writer: Pim de la Parra, Martin Scorsese, Wim Verstappen
Soundtrack: Bernard Herrmann
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Psycho

Dutch Cinema: Obsessions (USA)
Blu-ray: USA - "Obsessions"
Released 09-MAY-2017 by Cult Epics
The obscure film OBSESSIONS (aka A HOLE IN THE WALL) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de la Parra and co-produced by longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (BLUE MOVIE). This gritty, psychedelic Hitchockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch film shot in English-language, starts in a savagely brutal fashion. When a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole, student protagonist Nils Janssen (played by the film's German co-producer Dieter Geissler) becomes an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door. When his young fiancée Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Troffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if it's the very same killing.

This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland, and inspired legendary filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven to make their start in the industry. Originally distributed in over 100 countries, the film remained unreleased in the U.S. (and France) – until now. Perhaps most notably, the film was co-written by a young Martin Scorsese, who shot the legendary erotic drama sequence for his first feature WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR (1968) in Amsterdam, that same year. Additionally, the film also stars legendary Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers (MIRA, THE ASSAULT), is edited by Henry Rust (CHILDREN OF PARADISE) and scored by Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (TAXI DRIVER, SISTERS). OBSESSIONS is a curious cultural hybrid where late-1960s Dutch exploitation and classic Hollywood Hitchcock collide in a provacative and revolutionary fashion.
Edition: BD+DVD
Duration: 91 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: none
Regioncode: A,B
Extras: Introductions, Interviews, Scorpio Films excerpt, Dutch trailer, Script notes by Martin Scorsese, Photo gallery,
Comment: Bluray + DVD
Discs: 2, BD50

Dutch Cinema: Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand (GER)
Blu-ray: GER - "Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand"
Released 02-JUN-2016 by Koch media
Scheinbar zufällig findet Medizin-Student Nils Janssen (Dieter Geissler) in seinem Apartment ein kleines Loch in der Wand, durch das er das merkwürdige und zunehmend unzüchtige Treiben in der benachbarten Wohnung beobachten kann. Sein Voyeurismus wird jedoch bald auf eine harte Probe gestellt, als eines Tages eine junge Frau scheinbar ums Leben kommt. Wurde Nils wirklich Zeuge eines Mordfalles oder spielt ihm seine Wahrnehmung einen makabren Streich?

Angelehnt an Meisterwerke wie "Peeping Tom" oder Hitchcocks "Das Fenster zum Hof" schuf der holländische Regisseur Pim de la Parra mit "Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand" 1969 einen Suspense-Thriller, der aufgrund seiner Indizierung lange Zeit nur Genrekennern ein Begriff war. Zu Unrecht, wie schon ein Blick auf die Beteiligten zeigt: Oscar®-Preisträger Martin Scorsese ("Casino", "The Wolf of Wall Street") durfte sich hier bereits in jungen Jahren als Drehbuchautor beweisen, der legendäre Bernard Herrmann ("Psycho") steuerte den atmosphärischen Title-Score bei. Das Ergebnis ist ein grandioses Stück Thriller-Geschichte, das nun seine überfällige Wiederauferstehung feiern darf.
Duration: 90 min.
Rating: FSK-18
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, German: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles: German
Regioncode: B
Extras: Interview with Dieter Geissler (ca. 24 Min.), Trailer, Photogalery with rare promomaterial
Discs: 1, BD-50

Frank & Eva (1973)

Dutch Cinema: Frank & Eva (1973)

Director: Pim de la Parra
Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Hugo Metsers, Helmert Woudenberg, Lex Goudsmit, Elsje de Wijn, Sylvia Kristel, Christina Cünne, Ronnie Bierman, Jan Van Rooyen, Wim de Meijer, Dick Scheffer, Eric van Ingen, Maureen Renzen, Boy Edgar, Wim Poncia, Mimi Kok, Siem Vroom, Marjan Heremans, Danny Ladiges, Wim van de Pafort, Jan Westerman, Charlotte Fischer, Maniuschka Cahn, Mies Hagens, Herman van Dalen, Bart Dräger, Bertina Maas, Theo de Neff


Although Frank is always cheating on her, Eva still cannot bring herself to leave him. But Frank objects both when Eva becomes pregnant as well as when she takes a lover of her own.
Script writer: Pim de la Parra, Charles Gormley
Soundtrack: Antoine Duhamel
Genre: Drama, Romance

Dutch Cinema: Frank & Eva (USA)
Blu-ray: USA
Released 05-JUN-2018 by Cult Epics
FRANK & EVA: Living Apart Together

Frank (BLUE MOVIE's Hugo Metsers) and Eva (THE LIFT's Willeke van Ammelrooy) cannot live with or without each other. In the liberal 1970s, Frank sleeps with every woman he can get. Eva, meanwhile, is looking for more security and wants to start a family. Frank's behavior frustrates her so much that she starts an affair with their mutual friend. This social drama offers a view on relationships not much different than today. For Sylvia Kristel (her debut prior to EMMANUELLE), a special role was written after she said to Pim de la Parra, "Why won't you discover me? I'm the best."

Frank & Eva is the second artsploitation film by director Pim de la Parra, after he produced BLUE MOVIE with his partner Wim Verstappen. Cult Epics presents its worldwide premiere on Blu-ray and DVD, in High-definition with extensive bonus features.

New High-definition transfer.
Audio Commentary by Pim de la Parra (2018).
Up Front & Naked: Sex in Dutch films (2017) featurette with Willeke van Ammelrooy a.o.
Frank & Eva Poster & Photo Gallery.
Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Gallery.
Original Theatrical Trailers.
Edition: BD + DVD
Duration: 97 min.
Rating: NR
Audio: Dutch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English
Regioncode: A
Extras: Various extras, see sleevetext
Discs: 2, BD-50, DVD5