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  Dartmouth Films are proud to announce that the acclaimed documentary Your Mum and Dad, from European Academy Award Nominee Klaartje Quirijns (Anton Corbijn Inside Out, The Dictator Hunter, Speelman), will be released in UK cinemas and Curzon Home Cinema from 29th April, following its premiere at Curzon Soho on 26th April.

'They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra, just for you.' Philip Larkin

Inspired by Philip Larkin’s poem 'This be the Verse', her most personal project yet is an exploration of the powerful dynamics of family relationships and the way they shape our lives. In part an autobiographical study of intergenerational trauma from TV Journalist and director Klaartje Quirijns, Your Mum and Dad is at once a very personal and intimate exploration into family trauma and therapy, and at the same time a universal, relatable story.

In the Netherlands, Quirijns made programmes for the respected VPRO, IKON and NPS stations - and has received the CINE Golden Eagle Trophy, Courmayeur Noir Film Festival, Première Berlinale and Prix Italia award for her documentary filmmaking. She was also nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary for The Dictator Hunter.

After 17 years of documenting her friend - Michael Moskowitz's personal struggle to heal from a generational wound by filming his intimate therapy sessions, Quirijns also turns the camera on herself to reveal her own family's devastating trauma before she was born - the sudden loss of an older sister she never knew in a tragic accidental drowning. As she speaks to her parents for the first time about their loss, raw conversations and the process of the family's therapy is shared in a poignant insight into healing after tragedy. Your Mum and Dad deftly navigates the consequences of the accident for all involved, even Klaartje's daughters a generation later, as the director hopes to lead by example with frank and empathetic discussions about mental health. See the trailer at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [15 Mar 2022 at 12:38]

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