Here's your first look at the film adaptation of the controversial bestseller by Dutch writer Robert Vuijsje, titled Alleen Maar Nette Mensen (or Only Decent People).
Recall when we first alerted you to the project last fall, and all the strong reactions that followed – not just here on S&A, but in The Netherlands as well, since the book's release; it sounds like one of those things you need to see to actually believe… and even then may still not believe it.
Here's the official synopsis for the film adaptation:
ONLY DECENT PEOPLE is a Dutch comedy based on the controversial bestseller by Robert Vuijsje. Starring Geza Weisz, Imanuelle Grives, Annet Malherbe & Jeroen Krabbe. David Samuels is from an intellectual Jewish family from the posh Amsterdam Old South, where he is often mistaken as Moroccan because of his dark hair. David is a remarkable man on a mission: to find a ghetto fabulous queen with great tits and thick buttocks. His parents and friends declare him mad, but David continues unabated. His search leads him to the Bijlmer, where, after some wild adventures he is left disappointed. Will David ever find his ideal woman – a large, dark sex goddess with booty and brains?
The book is said to have been heavily criticized and debated within the Black community in The Netherlands, which maybe shouldn't be a surprise, given the above synopsis. And I don't think the trailer below does much to change perceptions.
As the Afro-Europe blog noted last year, when we profiled the film:
Some people felt that the book cheapened black women and interracial relationships, but others felt that a lot of black women fit the profile and should therefore not complain about the stereotypes in the book.
As we reported in our last post on it, the film adaptation will be released in The Netherlands on October 11, 2012, with actress Imanuelle Grives (Dutch, of Surinamese descent) playing the lead black woman character, and Geza Weisz playing the Jewish man.
No word on whether it'll travel; although we may not want it to.
The film's first trailer has surfaced (and a bunch of still photos, as well as the film's poster) which you can watch and see below (NOTE: the trailer is NSFW, and it's not subtitled either):