George Sluizer

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George Sluizer
Born(1932-06-25)25 June 1932
Paris, France
Died20 September 2014(2014-09-20) (aged 82)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
OccupationFilm director · Film producer · Screenwriter · Film editor · Author
Years active1961–2014
Notable work
The Vanishing
Dark Blood
Home townAmsterdam, Netherlands

George Sluizer (25 June 1932 – 20 September 2014)[1] was a Dutch filmmaker whose credits included features as well as documentary films.


Born in Paris, France to a Dutch father and a Norwegian mother, he was best known for directing two versions of The Vanishing, a 1988 Dutch-language release, originally titled Spoorloos, and the 1993 American version. Other feature films directed by Sluizer included 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.[2] The film was shown two more times publicly on 2 October 2012 at the same festival.

From 2012 till 2014 he was part of the film jury for ShortCutz Amsterdam.[3] An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.[4] Other jury members include Rutger Hauer, Roel Reine and Jan Harlan.

Director Dennis Alink made a documentary called Sluizer Speaks during the final years of Sluizer's life. It premiered two months after his death at the IDFA in Amsterdam.

Accusations against Ariel Sharon[edit]

Sluizer was accused by Israeli 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.[5]


Sluizer at the Miami International Film Festival premiere of Dark Blood in 2013

As director[edit]

Year Title English title Notes
1961 De Lage Landen
1971 Stamping Ground Directed with Hansjürgen Pohland
1972 João en het mes João and the knife Entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival
1979 Twee Vrouwen [nl] 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[6]
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[7]
2002 La Balsa de piedra The Stone Raft
2009 The Chosen One The Chosen One
2010 Homeland Homeland
2012 Dark Blood Dark Blood

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Director George Sluizer: Best known for two versions of film ‘The Vanishing’
  2. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' to Debut at Film Festival in September". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ ShortCutz Amsterdam Jury Team, Shortcutz Amsterdam. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ Dutch Short Films Are the Focus - Shortcutz Amsterdam Go Social Film Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  5. ^ Cnaan Liphshiz, "I saw Ariel Sharon murder 2 Palestinian toddlers in Lebanon," Haaretz (November 19, 2010). Retrieved August 4, 2013
  6. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". Retrieved 15 January 2012.

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