Independent Boy

A film by: Vincent Boy Kars

A twentysomething doesn’t know what to do with his life. When can you consider your life a success?

For a month, the young filmmaker Vincent Boy Kars makes all the decisions for his indecisive friend Metin. As a first step, he forces Metin to live alone for a month, away from his mother, with whom he has a relationship that borders on too close. Kars wonders to what degree we can mold peoples’ lives. The twentysomething Metin doesn’t really know what to do with himself—his friends consider him smart and creative, but he never applies these traits to actions. It’s striking to see the contrast between Metin and the cheerful youth leaders from his boyhood scouting troop. He’s also very different from his climbing instructor, who teaches him that you have think about where you’re going— to plan out your steps on your way up the rock wall. But planning isn’t Metin’s thing. He wants to make people think about what a successful life implies. Millennials will recognize a lot in Independent Boy, as will anyone who has ever been in their twenties.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 90’
Completion: 11/2017
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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  1. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (15 – 26 November, 2017)
    IDFA Competition For Dutch Documentary
  2. CPH:DOX, Denmark (15 – 25 March, 2018)
    Next:Wave Competition
  3. fest International Documentary Film Festival München, Germany (2 – 13 May, 2018)
  4. Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (27 September – 5 October, 2018)
    Gouden Kalf Competition
  5. Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (28 November – 3 December, 2018)
    Zoom Rights Youth Festival – Zoom Documentary Film program Won: Best Zoom Documentary Film

Director: Vincent Boy Kars
Producer: Halal Docs: Olivia Sophie Van Leeuwen, Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis, Gijs Determeijer
Cinematographer: David Spaans
Editor: Albert Markus
Sound: Guus Voorham
Sound Design: Job Michel
Re-Recording Mixer: Jaim Sahuleka
Line producer: Fenna Breitbarth
Composer: Beau Zwart