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Category All , Human Interest , Society
Year: 2012
Country: Netherlands
Running Time: 80'
Production: Cobos Films
Director: John Appel
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On 22 July 2011, a bomb attack in the centre of Oslo and a shooting spree on the island Utoya took the lives of 77 people. It was the senseless, brutal act of one man: Anders Breivik. WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE tells the story of 5 individuals who were present then and shows the role of coincidence in this tragedy. A sequence of small, trivial happenings marks the thin line between life and death. Two minutes earlier or later can be of decisive importance. WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE is a film about the bargain with fate. However much one tries to influence fate, in the end coincidence calls the shots.

More about Director

John Appel

Gymnasium ß
Classical Languages and Literature, University of Amsterdam
Film Academy, Amsterdam, graduated as cameraman and documentary director

Works as professional cameraman/director since '87
Directed more than 30 documentaries, mainly for television and some for cinema.
Worked as a cameraman on more than 50 documentaries.

Started in 2000 a production company with filmmaker Heddy Honigmann

Other activities:
Coach on several films by novice film-makers.
Guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy (since '00)
Adviser to the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund (since '98)
and Dutch Film Fund (since '00)
Jury member Joris Ivens Award IDFA 2000
Teacher of IDFA-workshop for new filmmakers ('01)
Masterclass at IDFA 2001

Won in '99 the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA for the film Andre Hazes/ She believes in me, about a famous Dutch singer. This documentary was also very successful in cinema release.

Filmography (a selection):

The last victory ('03), 88 min. /16mm
documentary about the famous Palio horserace of Siena
Selected for Joris Ivens Competition at IDFA '03

Senegal Surplace ('03) 50 min./video
documentary roadmovie during the annual cyclist tour in Senegal
In competition at the Nederlandse Filmdagen '03

Naomi & her mother ('03) 25 min./16mm
short documentary about a 11 years old girl and her mother
who's suffering from manic-depression
Selected at IDFA '03

Thou Shalt Not Kill ('00) 50 min./16mm
documentary based on a newspaper article about a man found dead in his apartment.
Awarded with Special Prize on the Festival of Milano

Trench of Death ('99) 65 min./16 mm
documentary about the last surviving five soldiers of a Belgian trench in WW 1

Johnny Meijer ('93) 60 min./16 mm
documentary about a Amsterdam accordionist
Awarded with Audience Award at IDFA '93
Cinema release '94

Radio Daniëlle ('88)35 min./16 mm
documentary about a local radio pirate
Awarded with Canon City Award '88 for best student film

Festivals & Awards

2013 Biografilm Festival, Italy

2013 DOK.fest Documentary Film Festival, Germany

2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA

2013 Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland

2013 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece

2013 HotDocs Film Festival, Canada

2012 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands

Press & Reviews

“…an essay on the insignificance of life and the role played by chance”
Ian Sandwell, SCREEN DAILY