George Sluizer

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George Sluizer
Born (1932-06-25) 25 June 1932 (age 82)
Paris, France
Occupation Producer, film director, writer

George Sluizer (born 25 June 1932 in Paris, of Dutch and Norwegian parents), is a Dutch filmmaker whose credits include features as well as documentary films.

He is best known for directing two versions of The Vanishing, a 1988 Dutch-language release, originally titled Spoorloos, and a 1993 American version. Other feature films directed by Sluizer include Utz (1992) for producer John Goldschmidt, Crimetime (1995), and Dark Blood, which was discontinued after the death of its lead actor River Phoenix, but later completed and premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2012.[1] The film was shown two more times publicly on 2 October 2012 at the same festival.

Accusations vs Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon[edit]

Sluizer was accused by Israel officials of a 'modern blood libel' for his claims - which in 2010 finally achieved front page level publicity in Israel - that he had witnessed the then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon personally shooting two Palestinian children from close range near the Sabra-Shatilla refugee camp in 1982.[2]


As director[edit]

Year Title English title Notes
1961 De Lage Landen
1971 Stamping Ground
1972 João en het mes João and the knife Entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival
1979 Twee Vrouwen Twice a Woman
1982 Tepito Si Short film
1983 Adios Beirut
1985 Red Desert Penitentiary Red Desert Penitentiary
1988 Spoorloos The Vanishing
1992 Utz Utz Entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival[3]
1993 Dark Blood Dark Blood Completed in 2012. Entered into the 32nd Netherlands Film Festival
1993 The Vanishing The Vanishing Remake of Spoorloos
1996 Crimetime Crimetime
1996 Mortinho por Chegar a Casa Dying to Go Home Directed with Carlos da Silva
1998 The Commissioner The Commissioner Entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival[4]
2002 La Balsa de piedra The Stone Raft
2009 The Chosen One The Chosen One
2010 Homeland Homeland
2012 Dark Blood Dark Blood


  1. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' to Debut at Film Festival in September". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Cnaan Liphshiz, "I saw Ariel Sharon murder 2 Palestinian toddlers in Lebanon," Haaretz (November 19, 2010). Retrieved August 4, 2013
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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