Riphagen: The Untouchable
Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Directed by Pieter Kuijpers
Written by Thomas van der Ree, Paul Jan Nelissen, Valerio Polloni (adaptation)
Length 2 hrs 11 min
A foremost figure of the Dutch underworld, the menacing Dries Riphagen was a slick and unscrupulous con artist, most infamously remembered by history as a fervent Jew hunter. As a Nazi collaborator, Riphagen was tasked with tracking down Jews in hiding and confiscating their valuables. Using blackmail to extort small fortunes in jewels, property and currency, he would later betray the location of Jewish families and turn them over to the Germans to meet their fates. Only Jan van Liempd (Kay Greidanus), a young policeman secretly fighting alongside the Resistance, sees through the scheme. His determination to bring the sociopathic war criminal to justice develops into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, as he implacably and zealously pursues a years-long manhunt for the untouchable Riphagen.
Combining a historical biopic with the edge-of-your-seat suspense of the crime-spy genre, RIPHAGEN: THE UNTOUCHABLE features a towering central performance by Jeroen van Koningsbrugge as the embodiment of evil.
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