Off Screen

Synopsis: March 11th, 2002. John R. takes the head of security and 17 others hostage in Amsterdam biggest skyscraper. John R. demands to speak with the Philips head of Sound&Vision. His goal is to warn people about a large-scale fraud, aimed at brainwashing consumers by means of widescreen TV sets. In the film, we find out about John's preliminary frustrations, his bizarre encounter with Philips head of Sound&Vision Gerard Wesselinck, their impossible friendship, rivalry and John's armed attempt to force the executive to do penance in public.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Pieter Kuijpers
Production: Independent Films
  4 wins.
94 min


- Good morning.

- Good morning.

You're being taken hostage.

Remain seated.

This is a bomb.

Twenty-two pounds of nitrogen.

If something goes wrong,

I will shoot at it.

Would everybody

be so kind as to leave

this hall


Thank you.

What's your name?


Paul Rijswijk.

Your name, please.

Heleen Wagemakers.

Listen, Miss Wagemakers and Mr. Rijswijk.

If you follow my orders,

and don't do anything foolish,

everything will be fine.

Could you

block the elevators

and close the revolving doors?

Hold on.

I want to see what you're doing.

Elevators are blocked.

Left revolving door,

and the right one.

Thank you.

Is there a way

to announce something?

Yes, there is.

Would you

be so kind

as to read this out?

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

You have been taken hostage.

Please stay calm

so no one will be at risk.

And please turn on the radio

or the television

if you have one.

Could I add something to that?

Go ahead.

Ladies and gentlemen,

this is chief of security

Paul Rijswijk.

This is a serious matter.

Please, do not try to do anything.

You will endanger others.

End of message.

We're a good team,



Can I call you Paul?

I'll do anything you say.

Miss Wagemakers.


could you

call these broadcasting companies?

Tell them you have been taken hostage

and that's it.

And that at 11:

there will be a press conference.

If anyone else calls, just say the same.

But this first.



now I'd like to speak to Mr. Wesselinck.

Mr. Wesselinck?

Head of Sound and Vision.

At Philips?

That's right.

Philips is no longer in this building.

They moved.

They are now in the...

In the other tower.


How could that be?


He never told me.

It was finished yesterday.

So there's no one left here

who works for Philips?


No one.

Rembrandttoren, this is Rijswijk.

Yes, that's correct.

No, only one.

I'll put him on the phone.

The police.

I already told you, I will... He just walked in.

I'll call you back. Thanks.


Something's wrong with my schedule.

No, there isn't, Voerman.

I wrote you a letter.

I know. It's right here.

But nothing is wrong with your schedule.

I only have half of my hours.

That's not a mistake. It's the rules.

Mr. Leeuwenkamp looked into it

in detail for you.


Next month you'll be 59, right?

- Right?

- Yes.

You'll only have to work 24 hours

and will still get paid for 40.

It's in the Collective Labor Agreement.

I know.

Well, then.

No more questions. Just savor it.


I indicated I'd like to keep on working

the way I did.

Indicated? To whom?

The head office.

I sent a registered letter.

My contract is for 40 hours.

I also want to

keep working weekends, like I'm used to.

When did you send it?

Exactly two weeks ago.

Did you receive a reply?

They say they're working on it.

I see.

- I have more letters. Want to see?

- No. That's okay.

Where's bus line 401?

It's in maintenance.

Take another one.

There are only buses with ads on them.

No other ones?

Line 412.

It has ads.

Only on the back.

I'll make a few calls.

Please do.

I have a monthly bus ticket.

I left it at home.

God. I will pay twice next time, Grandpa.

What are you doing?

These people are in a hurry, you know.

F*** you. All of you. Bastards.

That's the "E" on four.

This German playwright

and short-story writer

committed suicide at an early age

by drowning himself along with a friend

in the Wannsee near Berlin

on 21 November 1811.

Who was this playwright?

Von Kleist.

Or is it...


- No.

- No?

Kleist. Von Kleist.

Yes. Von Kleist it is.

- That's the "K"...

- I have the answer to question two. That's...


Heiligerlee, for question two.

Here's question number six.

In 1838, Jan Frederik Oltmans wrote a novel.

The story is set in Amersfoort

in the Middle Ages.

What is the title of his

most famous novel?


- Is the answer De Schaapherder?

- As a Dutch scholar, I expect

- you might know it.

- De Schaapherder. Okay.

The "S" of Schaapherder on number six.

Question number seven.

A Bible verse in which,

according to some conservative

Christians, homosexuals

call God's wrath upon them,

says, "In the same way the men also

"abandoned natural relations with women

"and were inflamed

"with lust for one another.

"Men committed indecent acts

with other men

"and received in themselves

"the due penalty for their perversion. "

Taken from the sixth Bible book

of the New Testament.

It consists of Paul's letters

and my question is...

Enjoy your meal

Enjoy your meal

Take some bites

Take a drink

That will taste good

That will taste good

Just dig in

Just dig in

Enjoy your meal

Enjoy your meal

Enjoy your meal

Take some bites

Take a drink

That will taste good

That will taste good

Just dig in

Just dig in

The police.


Hello. Amsterdam Police Department,

Mr. De Waal speaking.

I will be your official contact.

Are you the hostage taker?

That's right.

Could you describe the situation?

It's fine.

What's the reason of your action?

I can't tell you that.

Are there any victims, wounded?

Not yet.


why don't you make sure Mr. Wesselinck

of Philips International comes over here?

He doesn't have to be afraid.

Just tell him it's me.

John Voerman.

You are John Voerman?

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