Award of Merit – “Drawback” (Netherlands)

Title: Drawback
Runtime: 20 min
Country: Netherlands
Director: Caroline Bevaart, Harald Swinkels
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2023

Synopsis: Simon is a lonely comic strip artist with an unattainable love: Rachel, a woman he sees regularly in the grand cafe where he works on his drawings. Whenever Rachel comes into the cafe, Simon feels an irrepressible urge to put his work aside and secretly sketch portraits of her.

One day, Simon is offered a pencil by a distinguished gentleman in the back of the cafe. Simon discovers that by drawing with this pencil he has the power to change the course of his life. He uses it to win Rachel over, but is genuine love makeable?