The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark


Borgman's arrival in the tree-lined avenues of an exclusive residential area Is the beginning of a series of unsettling events around the carefully constructed facade of a wealthy couple, their three children and the nanny.

Director's Statement

In BORGMAN I wanted to show that evil comes in everyday form, embodied within ordinary, normal, polite men and women who perform their tasks with pride and pleasure, and with ruthless attention to detail. I wanted to show that evil is enacted not just on cold winter nights, but in the optimistic summer, beneath a warm and comforting sun. And I wanted to show that a man like Borgman, who continually remains elusive, can intoxicate a woman so fully with desire that she is rendered powerless. This film is darker than my other films because I wanted to go further. I wanted to descend into an unknown, dark part of my imagination and see what was to be found there. And I wanted to make a film very much open to interpretation, one that raises more questions than it answers. I think BORGMAN is a strong film - ask me again in 10 years and I will have forgotten how I ever came to write it -but in my experience there are always things which could be better. Nevertheless I am very curious about how it will be received. And in the meantime I am working on a new film, my ninth film.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alex van Warmerdam

Written by: Alex van Warmerdam

Produced by: Marc van Warmerdam, Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier, Tine Mosegaard, Mogens Glad

Cinematography: Tom Erisman

Editing: Job ter Burg

Production Design: Geert Paredis

Costume Design: Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Original Score: Vincent van Warmerdam

Sound: Peter Warnier

Cast: Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam, Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2013