Film and TV

Starz Denver Film Festival November 7 must-see: Resurrection of a Bastard

Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he shares his take on Resurrection of a Bastard.

Resurrection of a Bastard Directed by Guido Van Driel 9:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 SDFF Sie FilmCenter

"Every year, we feature a focus on a country," notes Withey. "This year, it's the Netherlands -- and Resurrection of a Bastard is a Dutch film that really stands out."

Withey describes the movie, which stars Yorick van Wageningen, who also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick, as "a dark comedy -- and even though it's kind of an easy descriptor, it can be compared to a Tarantino film.

"The basic story is about a relatively brutal gangster who has a near-death experience that gets him to reevaluate his life choices, and he decides that perhaps he needs to become a better man. He chooses not to be such a jerk even if he continues on in the lifestyle he's been living. He just tries to do things with a bit more pleasantness."

The inherent contradictions in this goal "are pretty funny," Withey points out with a laugh, and it's got a sense of style that nods to two separate mediums. "The filmmaker, Guido Van Driel, wrote the story as a graphic novel that he's adapted onto film."

Look below to see a trailer for Resurrection of a Bastard, and be sure to visit our Show and Tell blog each day during the fest for more of Brit's picks.

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