Abkhazian artist Sipa Labakhua travels around his small, unknown native land, provoking audiences with his autobiographical one-man marionette show. Thus he collects the personal stories of Abkazian nationalists, Russian hippies, Syrian repatriates and Orthodox believers. A road movie that sheds new light on a highly topical question in a world that is on fire: What is a country?
Bo (12) is a kickboxing talent and wants to be the new Dutch champion. The divorce of her parents disturbs her plans. As Bo moves with her mother and brother to a suburb she discovers new things in herself and in life.
Festival Selection: Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, premiere) 2018, Cinekid Festival (Amsterdam) 2018, BUFF International Children’s and Young People’s Film Festival Malmö (Sweden) 2019, J.E.F. Festival (Belgium) 2019, Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2019, Eurocine: Festival de Cine Europe en Colombia 2019, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (USA) 2019, Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway) 2019, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic) 2019, German Children's Media Festival Golden Sparrow (Germany) 2019, Cinemagic Film Festival (Ireland) 2019.
Awards: Eurimages Co-production Development Award, Cinekid: Lion for Best Family Film (Audience Award) and Lion for Best Family Film (Jury Award), BUFF International Children's and Young People's Film Festival Malmö: The City of Malmö Children's Film Award and European Children's Film Association Award, J.E.F. Festival: Best Feature Film (Children Jury Award) and Best Feature Film (Audience Award), EFA Young Audience Award, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival: European Children's Film Association Award.
Claire (13) is vacationing with her sister Zoe (15) and mother Sophie (40) at a resort hotel in southern Spain. Sophie spends her days by the pool and shows a minimum of interest in her daughters. In the beginning Claire clings to her older sister Zoe, who mercifully lets her tag along. But when Zoe meets a boy her own age, Claire is left alone. By the beach Claire befriends Amram, a young Senegalese beach vendor. As their relationship deepens, Claire tries to help him, but unintentionally ends up making his desolate situation even worse.
At the funeral of their forty-year old son, two divorced sixty-year olds meet again after many years. In the following months their old love resurfaces and they decide to life together again. The consequences of this impossible love are often radical and absurd for the entire family.
Festival Selection: Premiered November 2, 2017 Parool Film Festival, Amsterdam, FFO Film Festival Ostend, Belgium, Netherlands Film Festival 2018, Utrecht
Awards: Netherlands Film Festival 'Best Supporting Actor' for Aus Greidanus Sr.
Nobody likes the history lessons of master Menno, but when he finds a magical talisman, he throws his pupils in an adventure of all times.
Roos visits her mother in Norway yearly, but this time it’s different: she brings bad news. However, old pain and numerous reproaches keep Roos from sharing anything with her mother. With the help of her half brother and an old love, the two women reconcile and Roos is ready to take her next and inescapable step.
Festival Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Film Festival Oostende (BE), Vancouver International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany, IFF Haugesund, Norway, Kolkata International Film Festival India, Noordelijk Filmfestival the Netherlands, European Film Forum Scanorama, Lithuania, Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, Les Arcs European Film Festival, France, Festival del Cinema Europa Lecce, Italy, Cleveland International Film Festival, USA, Film Festival Kitzbühel, Austria
Awards: 'Interfilm Church Prize' at the Nordic Film Days Lübeck, 'Best Artistic Contribution Award' at the Cairo International Film Festival, 'Prix Cineuropa' at Les Arcs European Film Festival, 'Special Jury Award and the Audience Award' at Festival del Cinema Europa in Lecce Italy, 'Best Original Soundtrack' at the BUMA Awards 2018 in the Netherlands.
This Film Stinks is an ode to the senses. Based on the frustration that no smell can be conveyed with film, director Denise Janzee, together with Stan, a 13-year-old boy with an anosmia, goes in search of smell through the other senses. A filmmaker with a passion for scent and a boy who doesn't have the sense, go together in search of seeing and hearing scent. Newly cut grass, a summer rain after a sweltering hot day, the smell of chocolate, the familiar smell of 'old'. How do you experience that when you can't smell it? And: can a film start to smell?
Jojo, a lively 10-year-old with a difficult home life marked by a volatile father and an absent mother, finds solace in an unexpected friendship with an abandoned baby jackdaw. Until the final crisis.
Festival selection: a.o. Berlinale 2012 (Generation), BAFICI, Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, EFA Young Audience Day, Cinejeune Saint-Quentin, Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival, Tokyo Kinder Film, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Seoul South Korea, LUCAS Internationales Kinderfilmfestival, Frankfurt Germany, BUSTER International Filmfestival for Children and Youth, Copenhagen Denmark, Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht Netherlands, BFI London Film Festival, London United Kingdom, Cinekid Film Festival, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo Japan, Discovery Film Festival, Scotland, Chicago International Children Film Festival, Chicago USA, EFA European Film Academy Ceremony, Malta.
Awards: a.o. in 2012 'Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk' Award for best Youth Film at Berlinale, ‘Best First Feature Award’ at Berlinale, ‘Prix de la ville de Saint-Quentin’ at Cinejeune, Special mention at BAFICI, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, ‘EFCA Award’ and the ‘Film & Kino Award’ at Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, ‘European Film Academy Young Audience Award’ Young Audience Film Day, Special mention ‘Citation of Excellence’ at Cinematheque Tel Aviv, ‘International Jury’s Grand Prix’ at Tokyo Kinder Film, Prize of the Netherlands Film Critics and the Golden Calf for Best Music Score (Helge Slikker) and the Audience Award at Netherlands Film Festival, Dutch Submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Cinekid Special Mention of the Film Professional’s Jury, Prix FiPresci – European discovery of the year 2012, European Film Awards Malta, Best Dutch Film 2012 awarded by the Association of Dutch Film Critics, City of Malmo Award for Best Youth Film 2012, BUFF International Children and Young People’s Film Festival and Best Drama Feature, Taipei International Children’s Film Festival 2014.
When Cobain (15) finds out that his drug-addict mother Mia is pregnant again, he tries to convince her to clean up her act. Because Mia rejects all help, Cobain decides the time has come to save his unborn brother.
Festival selection: Berlinale – Generation 14plus (world premiere), Lecce European Film Festival – Golden Olive Tree Competition, Jeonju International Film Festival – World Cinemascape, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, European Film Market, Valetta Film Festival, Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, New Horizons Film Festival, Bildrausch Film Festival, Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz, Fünf Seen Festival, Film Festival Oostende, Netherlands Film Festival
Awards: 'Best Screenplay' at Lecce European Film Festival 2018, 'Best Film' at Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz 2018. Golden Calf at Netherlands Film Festival for Best Supporting Actor for Wim Opbrouck and for Best Music for Harry de Wit.
For the first time in 10 years, since he joined the Maoist guerrillas and left to fight against the regime, Agni goes back to his home village to bury his father. Back home, the reunion with his wife and the other villagers soon becomes a struggle whilst they try to bury his farther. Agni’s journey home becomes a portrait of the dysfunctional nature of post-conflict Nepali society: the essence of life during the years that the fragile peace process has been deadlocked.
Festival Selection: Venice Film Festival, Italy, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, International Film Festival Singapore, International Film Festival Kerala, India (2016) Hong Kong International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA,Habitat International Film Festival New Delhi, India, MOOOV Film Festival Belgium, Festival International de Film Fribourg, Florida Film Festival, USA, Sarasota Film Festival, USA,Sidney Film Festival, Australia, Nepal-America International Film Festival 2017, Indian film Festival of Melbourne, Australia, Edinburg International Film festival, Scotland, Parool Film festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Dutch Mountain Film festival, Heerlen/Aachen, the Netherlands and Germany, Movies That Matter Festival, The Hague, the Netherlands, LOFT Film festival, Tucson AZ, USA, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Göteborg Film festival, Sweden, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (2017)
Awards: 'Interfilm Award' at Venice International Film Festival 2016, 'Silver Screen Award - Best Asian Movie' at the Singapore International Film Festival 2016, 'Audience Award', 'Don Quijote Award' and 'Ecumenical Jury Award' at the Festival International de Fribourg 2017, 'New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize - 2017' at the Palm Spring International Film Festival, 'CICAE – Art Cinema award' at the LOFT Film Fest 2017.
The life of farmers boy Jorg and his friends feels unspoken differently after the death of their young friend Jochem one year earlier. While crossing around on their quads, the friends playfully bump up a group of Dutch-Moroccan newcomers, who will quickly change their sheltered existence irrevocably.
The film has it's premiere at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrechts and will be shown on Dutch television on December 15th, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. on NPO3.
Masha (37) is in an overwhelming relationship with Luuk, father of two and divorced. Nothing seems to stand in their way until Luuk turns incurably ill. All relationships will be re-evaluated.
After his wife's death, offshore oil worker Kjetil is having a hard time relating to his adopted son Daniel. In an act of desperation, he brings Daniel along to Colombia to search for the boy's biological mother.
The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from his past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences. BULLHEAD is an exciting tragedy about fate, lost innocence and friendship, about crime and punishment, but also about conflicting desires and the irreversibility of a man’s destiny.
Festival Selection: Nominee Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2011)
Awards: Best Actor Palm Springs 2012, Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut for Michaël R. Roskam, Best Main Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts, Best Male Supporting Role for Jeroen Perceval, Best Photography for Nikolas Karakatsani at Flemish Film Awards 2011
When his mother dies, eight-year-old Nino no longer goes to school, he no longer bathes and he eats crisps for breakfast. At first it seems great fun, but Nino soon starts missing the attention and affection of his father and his brother. When Nino discovers he can talk to animals, he sets matters with his rabbit Bobby to reunite the family.
Festival selection: Cinekid Amsterdam, BUFF Malmö, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival, Zlin Film Festival, CAT Film Festival, Tel Aviv International Film Festival for Children and Youth, BUSTER, Netherlands Film Festival.
Awards: Golden Lion for Best Film for Children Cinekid 2014, Best Children's Film BUFF Malmö 2015.
Rein (36) is a seasoned fisherman. When the younger Job comes to work on board for the first time, previously repressed feelings are awoken in Rein. Rein is unable to escape his growing desires and a crisis looms.
Seventeen-year-old Mariano finds a gun at his home. In a thoughtless moment he shoots himself twice, but he survives. This brings about change in the family and in friendships.
Festival selection: Locarno, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Viennale, San Sebastian, International Film Festival Rotterdam
Awards: Best Film of Argentina 2014
Nicolas, a 16-year-old boy, knows that his father has two families and lives two parallel lives. The two women of his father know about each other, the whole town is fully aware of the situation, but everyone pretends not to notice. Nicolas takes this situation for granted, yet the tension of the situation must inevitably explode one way or another. Nicolas will have to make a decision.
Festival selection: Competition Berlinale (2014), San Sebastian, Melbourne International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Cine des Paraguay, Darwin IFF, Bergen IFF, Festival de Cine Fine Arts, Mumbai Film Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Stockholm IFF, Habana FF
Awards: Special Prize of the Jury Cartagena Film Festival 2014, Special Jury Mention World Cinema Amsterdam 2014
The lives of Sjors and Bert are turned upside down when 15-year-old adolescent Dylan, who turns out to be Sjors' son, suddenly turns up on their doorstep. Dylan was thrown out by his mother and her girlfriend.
Festival Selection a.o.: Roze Filmdagen 2013, Pink Apple Film Festival 2013, Netherlands Film Festival 2013, Cinekid Amsterdam 2013, Torino LGTB Film Festival Italy 2014, Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2015, Outview Film Festival Athens 2015.
Awards: DAMS Award Torino LGTB Film Festival Italy
Deaf and dumb doorkeeper Samuel is treated badly by the sadistic hotel manager, until he discovers a secret, which gives him a way out of his miserable existence.
When three impoverished men find a laptop, the chance of a new life emerges and in the process they discover the strength of true friendship.
Young and innocent Esmee falls head over heels in love with mysterious Marko from Bosnia. But what exactly is his relationship with the beautiful and dominant Ljilja? ‘My Marko’ is a story about youngsters who drive themselves and others to the limit to get what they need so desperately: love, attention and recognition.
Perfectionist pilot Marta ends up in a wheelchair and goes on a silly boat trip to end her life, but the joyful volunteers and obstinate disabled people aboard keep getting in her way.
Joep is on the verge of bankruptcy. That is why this year the family holiday is no luxurious stay in Portugal, but a simple domestic getaway. In fact the getaway even means a flight from Joep’s criminal clients. With his wife Claire and daughter Saskia, Joep stays in an old cabin at a declining campsite. Across from them a Sinti family settles in. Whereas Claire and Joep are not particularly keen on getting in touch with the family, something beautiful blooms between Saskia and Dukker, the son of the Sintis.
Eight-year-old Blanco unsuccessfully tries to reconcile his arguing family members by trying out all the possible ‘secret power trics’ he taught himself. The biggest trick however is that he finally decides to stop looking after other people.
Marina, Sofía and Violeta are three post-teenagers sisters, they live together in the house of the grandmother that raised them and just passed away. During the mourning period, the sisters will face the process of accepting each of them taking different ways in life and leaving behind the family house life, as they knew it.
Awards: Golden Leopard for Best Film and Golden Leopard Best Actress at Locarno (2011)
Erdal is a blind and stubborn Turkish chef of oriental restaurant The Sultan. Business is slow and while trying to keep his restaurant going, Erdal must learn to realize that the people around him aren’t ingredients but human beings, who should be given the chance to fulfill their own dreams.
A close friendship between three boys is turned completely upside down when something happens to one them. A story about loss, guilt, love and impotence, set in the midst of the infernal colours of the Dutch bulb fields.
Johnny tries to fight his way out of the suffocating world of Bingo, where addiction, lust, loneliness and even love turn out to be formidable adversaries.
Lynn (20) tries to establish her position in a new environment, but is held back by a too big sense of self-consciousness. It barely happens anymore that she loses herself and gets carried away by the moment.
When timid and lonely Marianne finds a silent man who comes home with her, she finds herself being kissed awake by him. Once she’s tasted happiness, she's determined to hold on to it.
Xenia (14) is a shy girl who doesn’t feel comfortable in the over-regulated society she’s living in. Searching for a place of her own, she discovers an island where time doesn’t seem to exist. This is where she finds the key to her future.
When Stella’s husband Jur returns from the peace mission in Uruzgan, he seems like a stranger to Stella. Not only did she lose her brother in the war, but now she is starting to lose her husband as well. Everything she believes in starts to shift and Stella decides to start her own war.
Even a year after the tragic car accident in which their parents died, the lives of Stijn and his sister Brecht are still filled with sorrow. Stijn feels guilty, even though the mysterious and beautiful Anna seems to have caused the accident. Brecht, a victim her self, tries to support her brother no matter what. Then Anna reappears and everything seems about to turn over once more.
After a wild one-night stand with a thirty-year younger boy (19), Laura (49) realizes that she has to change her life.
When young taxi driver Dennis gets heavily in debt he gets entangled in a criminal network and he loses everything he loves. An all-encompassing feeling of revenge engulfs him. War in the streets of Amsterdam.
Gardener and widower Thijs finds a new partner through his grandson Omar. In order to win the vivacious Jackie Omar teaches his grandpa to rock ‘n’ roll. At the same time Omar falls madly in love with Meral, but he can only win her if he manages to beat her brother in a bout of oil wrestling. Thijs teaches Omar to fight. Grandfather and grandson try to find happiness in love.
In the remote province of Drenthe crimes from the past have been burried in the peat soil. Nowadays only songs remind us of them. One of these songs induces a young researcher, Victor Dreisen, to start an investigation.
A single mother almost drowns in her problems. Her young son takes action just in time. He decides to find her a new man and puts an add at the bulletin board of the supermarket.
Simon is a retired teacher of Dutch language and part of an underground resistance group during the Second World War. When two young adults kill a member of the group in 2004, the remaining members of the resistance meet at the funeral. Past and present collide. The group decides to start fighting evil once again.
A serial rapist terrorizes a university town until five female students take the law into their own hands. Their search does not only reveal the perpetrator but it also creates a special bond between them.
Talkshow host Cella and her mother are in a love-hate situation. Johanna claims her daughter, but she takes no notice of her when they're together. Cella is too busy with her own career to bother about her mother, let alone her adolescent children. When Cella's father suddenly dies, a family secret surfaces and everything changes.
Against the backdrop of an imminent flood in a vast river landscape, an old strictly religious woman makes the choice between life and death in front of her 11-year-old granddaughter.
In the night of 31 January to 1 February 1953, the southwest of The Netherlands was battered by a devastating storm. The North Sea flooded into vast areas of Zeeland, almost two thousand people died, thousands of animals drowned and more than four thousand houses were destroyed.
Tonino is a clumsy waiter whose talent is photography. He gets a shot at showing this, because his boss wants him to spy on his wife. Tonino must provide the photos to prove she is committing adultery.
The encounter between Majok, a young South-Soedanese, staying in the Netherlands on an illegal basis, and Jakob, an old Indonesia veteran, causes a tremendous collision. The two of them seem condemned to be together, though.
Awards: IFFR Tiger Award (2002)
Zandvoort transformed from a fishermen's village into a seaside resort and home of the Dutch grand prix. In the late 20th century it became a village in decay. But now a radical transition is looming: the Formula 1 mega circus will return to the village. Zandvoort will become world famous! How are the citizens of the village preparing for this event that vanishes everything. Is there still room for a critical view or is euphoria the only touchstone?
Disgraced engineer Erik and small-time crook Lenny come across old wine bottles in a resistance hero’s hidden cellar near Hitler’s 1940 Ardennes headquarters. They convince an antiquarian that the wine was actually the Führer’s. The swindle gets wildly out of hand...
Zoë (12) is her dads best friend. When, on a whim, he decides to give up his job as a banker to become a professional actor, her parents get into a big fight. Zoë is the only one who believes in her father and tries to help him in any way she can.
Fourteen-year-old drug dealer Johnny is in a home for young people with a difficult home situation during the week. When he learns that due to circumstances he is not allowed to go home at the weekend, he asks one of his customers, the famous actor Antony, if he wants to be his weekend guardian. This brings them both into unknown territory.
In a remote hotel Mr. K finds himself in a bizarre nightmare when he cannot find the exit and realizes the place is shrinking. Increasingly on edge with the eccentric inhabitants, Mr K must find his purpose and uncover the secret within the walls before the building collapses.
When Jacobs (48) American daughter Artis (15) is violently killed in a shooting, he refuses to accept her loss. He goes on a journey through America and imagines that she will travel with him. Slowly he loses all grip on reality.
William (25), a Mauritanian slave, escapes from his Morish Master with the help of a couple of adventurous young Dutch backpackers Jay and Lizz (both mid twenties). In pursuit of identity papers for William they disappear in the faint underworld of Western Africa. Hunted down by his slave masters men William’s life takes an unexpected turn when Lizz secretly falls in love with him.
Sunny (12) lives in The West, where everybody else is happy. Except Sunny. During a short holiday with her family in The Resort, she meets at the fence an intriguing boy her age. He is from The Reserve, a mysterious place where the Unhappy live.
Sunny feels a strange connection, that leads to a life changing discovery.
Six military musicians flee into a forest after an attack on the parade in which they participated. To survive they have to work together, but that turns out to be an impossible task. Slowly the unit disintegrates while each of them tries to escape from enemy territory and from each other.
When Daan is twelve years old his soccer coach convinces him into a sexual relationship. With this a secret life for Daan starts, he alienates from family and friends and gets more and more lonely. When the abuse comes out he gets confronted by the helpless and loveless reactions from his surroundings and he has to fight to stay standing.
Following a joint exercise of policemen and their police dogs in a swimming pool, policeman L. gets to know personal trainer S. She takes him to the commune where she lives and introduces L. as a new member. His arrival there and his interaction with S. is consequential to everyone.
Friends Xander (16) and Vera (17) look to the world and their disability in a completely different way. Now that they are entering adult life after finishing high school, their friendship is put to a test. They both have to learn what their impairment means to them.
In Amsterdam’s historic city center, for years a plaything of mass tourism, globalization and neoliberalism, residents, sex workers and entrepreneurs are diametrically opposed to each other. Now that the municipality wants to intervene to make the area livable again, the battle heats up. To whom does the city belong?
In many cases, when boys grow up, they want to grow up being a manly masculine man, even though this might not be the type of man that deep down they really are. Wingman tells a warm, short story which conveys that accepting your (friends’) homosexual and feminine sides shouldn’t be that difficult.
Raja is a socially-rooted police procedural, a race-against-time thriller, as well as a portrait of Nepal, a complex society on the edge of a new future.
When the mother of the Morrocan-Dutch Tofik (38) is laying on her death bed in Morocco, he and his partner Ge (45) fly over to be with her. Their relationship is put under strain because Tofik becomes unavailable for Ge and Ge feels excluded. Tofik’s mother causes an unexpected change of events.
The Age of Magic is centred on a film crew that accidentally arrives at a mysterious medieval town. One by one they are enchanted the magical dimensions of the town. The film is an existential fairytale about the overcoming of this despair through the rediscovery of the Arcadian dream.