Pieter van Huystee Film
Noordermarkt 37-39, 1015 NA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 421 0606
Fax: +31 20 638 6255

Dutch with English subtitles
55 minutes

Regie & Scenario
Hans Dortmans
Erik van Empel
Mark Wessner
Patrick Janssens
De Kift
Heddy Honigmann
Roel Fooij

Pieter van Huystee
Uitvoerend producent
Rosan Boersma, Sylvia Baan
Annemiek van der Zanden (NPS)

Met medewerking van
Mediafonds, IDFA Documentaire Workshop

April 2010, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (USA)

World Sales
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Simone Merkus / Pieter van Huystee Film
Tel: +31 20 421 0606


Curien Kroon / Pieter van Huystee Film
Tel: +31 20 421 0606

Goddelijk Varken
Ondanks dat grote delen van de mensheid het varken onrein vinden, is het nog altijd het meest gegeten dier ter wereld. Vormt Dorus hierop een uitzondering? Dorus heeft een goed leven op het erf van een scharrelslager. Door hun gezamenlijke wandelingen wordt Dorus zelfs een lokale beroemdheid. Als Dorus zijn tweede jaar in gaat, komt zijn eigenaar voor een moeilijke keuze te staan: is de liefde voor het beest sterker dan de liefde voor het vlees?
GODDELIJK VARKEN gaat dieper in op dit controversiële dier en vraagt ons na te denken over onze gevoelens voor het varken en het lot van Dorus.



April 10, 2010 Worldpremiere Full Frame Festival, Durham, VS
Sept 28, 2010 Nederlandse premiere, Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht
Okt 4, 22.55 uitzending NED 2  
Okt 30, 2010 Aziatische Premiere, International Documentairy Filmfestival, Taiwan - winnaar Merit Award 
Nov 13, 2010 Noorderlijk Filmfestival, Leeuwarden 
Nov 18 & 22, 2010 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 
February 2011 Berlin Film festival, Das Kulinarisches Kino 
March 14/15 2011 Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival
March 18 2011 Food Film Festival Amsterdam
March 2011, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
March 2011, Cine es Cena, Tenerife
Sept 2011, Korean International Documentary Festival
Oct 2011, Beirut International Filmfestival
Oct 2011, Reykjavik International Filmfestival, Iceland
Nov 1-3 2011, Link TV, Doc-debut (digital channel, USA only)
Nov 12 2011, Slow Motion Film Festival, Canada
Dec 8 2011, Athens: December 8th Exile Room 21.00 hrs
Dec 2011, iDOCS, Int. Documentary Forum, Beijing, “20 of the World’s Best Documentaries”


Yance Ford, series producer POV
One of my favorite documentaries at FULL FRAME 2010:
“Divine Pig — a hilarious and genuine discovery.”
LaLa commented on her blog
‘I did not plan on seeing Divine Pig this morning, but I am so glad I did. It was not an uplifting documentary, but it was an incredible journey through, well the life of a pig sure, but also a tender insight into human nature in relation to tradition, survival and cultural pressures; each ultimately stemming back to the root of the family. It was less about our food per se and more about how we make the decisions that shape us all. It was a very well-made production and inclusion of central characters other than the butcher Gerard Zwetsloot allowed it to be more powerful than what some may have thought it might be, just another take on Babe. If you are squeamish about meat though, you might want to avoid this rare look at the humane side of small-town butchery’.
Basil Tsiokos,Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, recommends DIVINE PIG. "An unusually charming story about the strange bond between a butcher and a pig which may or may not end up slaughtered. A strong film that has already made brief appearances on the festival circuit in the US and elsewhere and shouldn't be overlooked”.
Joe Corey, on the ‘Party-Favors’ website:
‘This masterful documentary follows a Dutch butcher that raises a pig ever two years in order to provide high quality pork for his shop. The last few pigs have been bought and put into a pig sanctuary to live out their lives. Will the most recent pig get the same reprieve or will it be sausage? The movie explores whether the pig is truly an unclean animal as depicted by various religions. This is the greatest film about pork’.

FULL FRAME Festival Programmer Stephanie Barnwell wrote:
‘Gerard Zwetsloot is a free-range butcher living in a small Dutch town who thinks the meat of a happy pig tastes better, and so he raises his own. From piglet to sausage, he takes every step of his craft seriously: carving, grinding, and encasing every last bit. But he also has a soft spot for his lovable yet tasty companions. His newest swine, Dorus, accompanies Gerard for walks around town, stopping to wallow in sand at the beach. He has stolen the townspeople’s hearts, but what will become of him? Following Gerard and Dorus over the course of a year, the film documents Gerard’s fluctuating feelings toward his product-turned-pet. Woven throughout are interviews with people who have very different relationships to pigs and pork, including Dafne Westerhof, who runs the Promised Pig Land sanctuary, where two of Gerard’s former porkers now live. An ode to a seemingly bygone era of production as craft, the film also looks at how complicated and personal our relationship to our food can be’.

Jake Jacobson, chief-entertainment Westwood One/CBS Radio
“I found the film uniquely captivating and engrossing up to the end. A stark and revealing exercise in the hypocracy of pork as food and/or friend, the mentality of a butcher simply doing his job, and those who anthropomorphize animals while enjoying their culinary delights.”


De prachtige muziek voor de film is gecomponeerd door
Voor heerlijke huisgemaakte gerookte worst, ham en bacon
Bezoek Dafne Westerhofs’ Het Beloofde Varkensland
De slager in de hoofdrol

Gerard Zwetsloot
Sahar Haj Kasem
Marianne Mulder
Dafne Westerhof
Jean-Luc Murk
Henk-Jan Schuurman
Pa and Ma Dortmans
EN Dorus

Twitters over DIVINE PIG ’s wereldpremiere op FULL FRAME,
Durham USA, 7-11 april 2010
DukeMagazine: RT @felkerfollow: Back after great fullframe. Favs.: Last Train Home, La Belle Visite, Restrepo, Capital, The Oath, Waste Land, Divine Pig about 18 hours ago from HootSuite
pattychasevan: So many great films 2day at Full Frame! I saw Genius Within & Strange Powers; also heard great things about The Poot, Divine Pig ... 2 days ago from web
gincoolette: @DornStar1 that s funny u mentioned pork chops I just watched the Divine Pig. 2 days ago from TweetDeck
FullFrameFan: RT @jaredhogan: "divine pig" was amazing. a must see. #fullframe #film #documentary #durhamnc 2 days ago from HootSuite
MeghanSherrill: Just started crying while I was gushing to Hans about how much I loved his film 'Divine Pig'. How embarrassing. 2 days ago from web
jaredhogan: "divine pig" was amazing. a must see. #fullframe 2 days ago from Echofon
felkerfollow: "Divine Pig" was a fantastic world premiere! Such nice filmmaking and perfect for the festival. #fullframe 2 days ago from txt
conanzchic: My sis & BIL are at The Poot & Divine Pig. Can't wait to hear a review! #fullframe 2 days ago from HTC Peep
jaredhogan: last day of the festival for me. catching a few more docs, including "the poot" and "divine pig" then headed back to ole clt. 2 days ago from Echofon
ladyejane: We had a major @fullframe ticket fail. Wanted to go to Divine Pig, but it sold out. 4 days ago from TweetDeck