Dante Vs. Mohammed Ali

Marc Wagenaar

Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Wolf is living in the boxing village of the Netherlands. When he has to fight against his best friend Alexander during a weekly match, he refuses. A rematch is confirmed, which brings Wolf’s feelings and emotions to a boiling point. He tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly romantic message runs into a wall.

Director Biography

Marc Wagenaar received his Bachelor in Communication in his hometown, Nijmegen. To develop his passion for film, he moved to Berlin on invitation of the award-winning documentary maker Viola Stephan. In Berlin he completed internships for Sound Designer Adrian Baumeister (Toni Erdmann) at ‘The Post Republic’ and ‘Berlinale Panorama’ and had many different roles on film sets before he founded his own film production company ‘Holy Bird Film Productions’. Under this name he wrote, directed and produced his first short film Holy Bird starring Rolf Kanies (Der Untergang). After 4 long, cold days and nights in the woods, the shooting of the film was complete. While Holy Bird was still in post-production, he had already completed his 16mm second short film The Eggman starring Lars Rudolph and Anna Böttcher. His films were recognized by film festivals and by the Netherlands Film Academy where he was selected to study film directing. With a very distinct style of his own, directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Bela Tarr have been influential to Marc’s work.

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