Stranger in Paradise

  • The Circle The Circle


St. Anthony Main Theatre 5 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 7:40 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 5 Wed, May 3, 2017 4:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Competition: Documentary
Culture & Society
Human Rights
Social Justice
Best of Fest
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2016
Runtime:72 min
Festivals & Awards:IDFA Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary
Print Source:Some Shorts
Director:Guido Hendrikx
Producer:Frank van den Engel
Cinematographer:Emo Weemhoff
Editor:Lot Rossmark
Composer:Ella van der Woude
Juho Nurmela
Principal Cast:Valentijn Dhaenens
Filmography:Debut Feature


In a quiet classroom somewhere in Sicily, immigrants to Europe meet with a white teacher. He will receive three different groups of immigrants, and to each he will represent a very different facet of the new continent. He will tell the first that he cannot help them, that he doesn’t want them, and then will show how much they will cost society. The second group will receive empathy and understanding, and will see a teacher eager to help his students find their way. Finally, he will represent actual European immigration policy in all of its maddening complexity.

Guido Hendrikx’s debut documentary feature is a stunning combination of bravura acting on the part of Valentijn Dhaenens, who plays the teacher (aka “Europe” according to, and the best of documentary journalism. “A brutally direct lesson in the realities of European refugee politics.” — Screen Daily

Director’s Biography

Guido Hendrikx: Guido Hendrikx was born in 1981 in the Netherlands and studied Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Utrecht and documentary filmmaking at the Dutch Film Academy. For his next project, he told Variety, “I only have one rule for myself and it is not to repeat myself.”

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Included Shorts

The Circle (14min) More