Amsterdam, 5 november 1965 - Bangkok, 5 april 2009
Deeply saddened we confirm that Fortissimo's company founder and co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht suddenly died on Sunday April 5 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Wouter's passing has shocked his family, his friends and colleagues around the globe.
His passion for cinema, his vision, his energy and his witty humor will be extremely missed by all of us.
On this Memorial website you can share your thoughts and memories with us.
The Fortissimo Family
I'll remember Wouter forever; his passion for cinema, his warm intelligence. I'm proud of having shared with him a part - even if very little - of his journey. A big hug to the Fortissimo and DDA Family.
Dear Family of Wouter and all at Fortissimo, So terribly,terribly sad. Only the good die young. I'll miss him dearly for ever. He was unique,generous, elegant, a man of the new world. Lot's of love.
Will always remember your energy, your contributions to the world of cinema, your words to me. R.I.P. Wouther
so sad to hear the news. will miss wouter so much. my thoughts go out to his family and all his colleagues and friends.
Oh Man, no word can describe the sadness we feel. Such a great and sudden loss. We will remember you for always, but most importantly we must and need to keep your dream alive...May your soul find eternal peace...We will miss Wouter. Said Boudarga Fintage House
Daniel Birman Ripstein - Mexico
Dear Barendrecht and Fortissimo Family: We are very sadden for this loss…he was a great film person, and an incredible human being. We will miss him deeply..
Wouter will always be remembered; as a warm and fantastic man who knew everyone, and always had time for friends - even if there wasn't enough time in the world for all his projects. It seems like only yesterday we celebrated him for three days in Bangkok - a young man of just 40, a man we were going to have a lot of laughs, dinners, filmdeals, parties and serious talks with. I'll miss him. My condolences to his nearest family and his big world family of friends
Elma Tataragic - Sarajevo Film Festival
My condolences and thoughts to all Wouter's friends and family. Wouter was a supporter of our Festival and he was a Jury member of our Competition Program a few years back. It was really great to have him around and talk about the films and filmmakers from my part of the world. We will all miss him.
When I first started Picture This in 1996, Wouter dropped by my AFM office and sat with me for an hour, generously sharing his contacts and giving guidance on the global distribution of gay and lesbian product. I'll never forget his kindness and support. To Michael and the rest of the Fortissimo family, chin up; your global colleagues are stand side by side with you today in spirit.
Peter van Vogelpoel
Wouter was a courageous man. A big and sad loss.
So very, very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My sympathies to Michael and the entire Fortissimo family. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.
I am so very, very shocked and saddened. Wouter was an incredible and inspirational force in shaping current world cinema. He was also someone you loved running into at all those festivals parties - forever entertaining and enchanting. Such a loss...
I'm deeply shoked and sad, i'll never forget Wouther's smile as well his charming personality. I 'll remember you. Rest in Peace.
Very shocked to hear the news. Wouter will be greatly missed, also here in Mexico. I tirless worker and a visionary, an outstanding passion for movies. As a person fun and charismatic, alway there if needed. For the Fortisimo crew, keep up the work, make of this loss a new commitment to continue Wouter's mission. All the best.
Rest in peace Wouter. I'll miss you. Axel
Marlies Oele, Atto Mensah, Jesse, Boaz en Timon
Aan Hans, Wim, Werner en Reinier, Nelleke en Michael, condoleances en heel veel kracht en liefde in deze vreselijke tijd. Lieve Wout, ik koester onze herinneringen en zal je vreselijk missen. x, Marlies
Reinier, Ankie , Loes en Joost
Lieve Wouter Ik zal je missen. Je was een leuke broer en oom. kus Reinier Ankie Loes en joost
What a sad day for me personally and for the many people who were lucky enough to know Wouter and be inspired by his taste, intelligence, enthusiasm and, above all, humanity. We have lost one of the "good guys", who enriched cinema as an art form but also our lives too.
Paula & Bernardo Zupnik
To Wouter's family, Michael, Winni, Nicole and all Fortissimo family and friends... our deep condolences and thoughts to all. I am in shock still and deeply sorry. Rest in peace Wouter, my dad and I will always love and remember you with fun and love, much love and three kisses as we always give you.
No words can describe the loss that all of your friends, colleagues and family are feeling right now. Barbara put it so well," that effortlessly, you have put us all together." I have never known someone who has made so many feel that you were their only best friend, ever. The capacity of that is astounding. We shall never be able to go into a bar, an eating joint, a premiere, a press conference, any film-related event, without missing your ever-gracious and loving presence. Ah, Wouter, jt. have a safe trip. We are going to remember you by making better films and championing all your causes.
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