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You don’t know opera

An opera documentary directed by Ruben van Leer for Nationale Opera and Anomaly

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To overcome his fear and perform on stage in a production of the Dutch National Opera, tenor Frank Engel slides into his other self, the one where he is also a boxer. As he enters the stage and knocks himself out, he is finally able to star as the embattled protagonist in Peter Grimes.

Cast
Frank Engel
Agency
Anomaly
Director
Ruben van Leer
Cinematographer
Paul Özgur
Editor
Amber Hooijmans
Sound designer
Tommy Zee
Producer
Yvonne Knook

The Boxer is part of the Dutch National Opera’s You don’t know opera campaign, designed to draw in a new, younger audience. Director Ruben van Leer takes tenor Frank Engel as his lead character, based on Frank’s background as a boxer. What is real and what’s not? Peter Grimes, one of the 20th Century’s most famous operas, is about an individual under attack from the collective. He needs to stand up for himself, as does Frank, who is battling himself. If The Boxer feels like a trailer for something larger, you’re right. Ruben is planning on expanding the narrative into a short film.

Festivals & awards

Ciclope Festival
Finalist Cinematography
2017
Ciclope Festival
Finalist Writing
2017
Ciclope Festival
Finalist Editing
2017