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Set in the half-forgotten world of a coastal town, a father and his thirteen-year-old son, known as Rabbit live an isolated existence. They have a strong bond. The father works at the border patrol where he has to find hidden migrants who are trying to cross the border. His job exposes him to the darker side of society.

In winter, when the snow blurs the contours in the landscape, Rabbit goes on a hunting trip with his father and his cousin. In their shabby pick-up truck they drive deep inland into the forests where the family feels at home.
Fate strikes unexpectedly when a stranger looms up in the distance. They take a closer look. Rabbit’s field of vision is narrowed by the scope of his father’s rifle. His world starts to sway by a sudden burst of sun. Balancing between reality and imagination, Rabbit suddenly pulls the trigger. Tragedy erupts shattering lives irrevocably. There is no way back, eventually Rabbit is arrested.

The father struggles to come to terms with the tragedy and its impact on their lives. The faint line between reason and emotion is stretched to the breaking point. In an ultimate attempt to overcome the violent event he crosses his own boundaries. The father decides he wants to save the life of a young migrant boy he imagines being his son.
He flees his familiar surroundings to bring the boy to ‘the other side’.

The Hunter’s Son is a thrilling and atmospheric film about identity, strangeness and detachment from society.

 

This is a current lab project.

 Writer & Director: Ricky Rijneke
 Producers: Rotterdam Films

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"Decompression" by Yona Rozenkier won $50,000 at the Lab's closing events
The 2018 Lab Dates: 3-10.12.2017, 20-25.03.2018
"I Dream in Another Language" was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival
"Decompression" was selected to the Cannes Film Festival L’Atelier
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