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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Het Teken Van Het Beest

Fortnight 1981, Feature film,


« Het Teken Van Het Beest » is about one of the most sensational crime stories that ever took place in Holland: a man, Yje Wyskstra, who lived in a very poor district in the country, killed four policemen in the winter of 1929 because they wanted to arrest his concubine, mother of six children whom she had abandoned so that she could live with this extraordinary bachelor. I was fascinated by this man, who aspired to a free and ascetic life (no women, no alcohol) who dremaed of becoming a great muscian and obtainning « the wisdom of Buddha », but is seduced by an illiterate, uncultivated, sensual woman and commits a horrifying crime. I tried to paint a portrait of this outsider, whose main problem was that of freedom. As he himself wrote in prison afterwards, « I see this whole story as a web of circumstances, a labyrinth from which I tried to free myself… but where is the begining and where is the end… » Pieter VERHOEFF


Pieter Verhoeff

Title in Original Version : The Mark Of The Beast