The Man, his Dream, his Wife - and the Butler

The short documentary 'DreamKing' (2012) tells the story of a man who dreams of power, money, status, beauty and allure. For a brief moment he can live this dream. Reality and fiction - where does one end, and the other begin?

This film earned me the STROOM encouragement prize and various exhibitions and screenings at film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

We don't have control over reality, but we do have the power to alter our perception of it

“Ronald is trying to make his dreams come true. He takes the freedom to create the things he lacks in real life. Something all of us do to a certain extent. What I find so moving about Ronald is, through his dreams of grandeur, he exposes his greatest vulnerabilities. ‘DreamKing’ is about the fear of being meaningless; a human fear, we can all relate to”


Ronald’s life revolves around excursions to castles. There, once every few years, he lives his childhood dream of being a nobleman. The 17th Century world of dreamking Ronald is marked by distinguished dinners and costumed balls. But just like in any royal court, plans are obstructed by quibbling and horse-trading.


Screenings & Exhibitions

Dutch Shorts, EYE Film, Amsterdam | International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Rotterdam | Impakt Festival Utrecht | New Orleans Filmfestival

Hoogtij Festival Het Nutshuis Den Haag | Museumnacht Delft | De Mus, Torpedotheater, Amsterdam | Best of Graduates, Ron Mandos Galerie, Amsterdam | Eindexamen tentoonstelling NU, KABK, The Hague

Dreamking was distributed by Eye Film Amsterdam and is part of the filmcollection

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