When the Hindustani Milan (20) becomes a buddy to a Syrian asylum seeker, it puts a strain on his family life. Their differences in opinions and perspectives come to light when Milan chooses for himself. This leads to an explosive situation.
When Paul decides to give up his boring but reliable office job as a banker, his children and wife Véronique are not pleased. Paul wants to pursue his dream and become an actor. Paul's youngest daughter Zoë, however, is the only one who believes in her father. What seems at first sight a ridiculous plan, doomed to fail and threatening to get the whole Schutijzer family into trouble, ends up being a funny, exciting and moving journey that awakens and blossoms the whole family.
Beach resort Zandvoort hopes to regain its old allure now that Formula I Grand Prix races will be held there again. We see how a small community prepares for an event for which everything has to give way. Will the so-called Zandvoort formula ('we can do this', 'we are used to something') hold up?
Two men on the breakdown of life accidentally stumble upon a cellar containing WWII weapons and wine. The crooks-out-of-nowhere claim to have found Hitler's wine cellar. There are more and shadowier interested parties than expected...
Fourteen-year-old drug dealer Johnny is staying in a home for young people with a difficult home situation. He dreams of a better life. One day he gets the famous successful actor Antony as a regular customer. A bond develops between them and both decide to take a different path.
'Dealer' is a beautiful story about family, trust, and about life's opportunities: how to ditch them or how to make the most of them.
In a Rotterdam gym, 70-plussers of all nationalities train together to stay fit. This is hard work, because their bodies are faltering and their world is getting smaller. Yet it also shows the strength of the elderly, exactly as they are in the gym: resilient, flexible, full of humor and perspective and still lively. Because one thing is certain: giving up is not an option.
Is a country a shared idea? A common fantasy of its inhabitants? Merely a territory with a border around it, with a parliament, an anthem and a flag? Or does a country embody the sense of natural belonging, of a home?
Globalization has made the world smaller and has brought people closer; nowadays communities can even be virtual. But as Kurds die for a country without a territory, Europe threatens to disintegrate, the President of the USA wants to build a wall at the Mexican border, and a record amount of refugees on the move, the question "what is a country” is, paradoxically, more relevant than ever.
This academic and topical question lies at the basis of a visual and poetic film, set in a small and relatively unknown country: Abkhazia. Bringing together the stories of ordinary Abkhaz in a modern creation myth provides us with a different view on (geo)political, ideological and economic issues worldwide.
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 Zoë (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 Zoë, 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.
Two divorced sixty-somethings see each other for the first time after many years when their 40-year-old son dies suddenly. In the months that follow, they seek comfort from each other and their old love flares up again. They enjoy an innocent affair, which they try to keep secret from their families. However, this turns out to be more complicated than imagined. So is pushing away unprocessed problems from the past. Before they know it, they, like their families, become entangled in the consequences of this great love.
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.
Everyone at school finds the history lessons of Menno the teacher boring. Until Menno opens the gates to the past with a magic tooth. Suddenly all the historical figures from his lessons enter the classroom to tell their own stories. This does not go well for long: master Menno gets stuck in the past. His students set out to rescue him.
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? Moreover: can a film start to smell?
10-year-old Jojo has a difficult family life marked by a unpredictable father and an absent mother. One day he brings home a jackdaw and finds comfort in their unexpected friendship. He keeps it hidden from his father because he sometimes suffers from tantrums. Jojo finds himself caught between caring for the jackdaw and being loyal to his father. Until, due to their hidden grief, the bomb bursts.
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 soon-to-be 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 because his father passed away. Back home, the reunion with his wife and the other villagers soon becomes a struggle whilst they try to bury his father. 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
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)
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.
As a result of the mistreatment of Jews after the Second World War, significant material and emotional damage has been inflicted that continues to this day. The Dutch government is now attempting to rectify this injustice, nearly 80 years later. Is this attempt still in time for those involved?
Dutch Daniel takes a road trip with his teenage daughter Artis across the United States. When his daughter disappears during that trip, he slowly loses all grip on reality.
Daan (12) is obsessed with football. Like his three brothers, he plays at the local club. The coolest and nicest coach at the club is Ries (35). He is devoted to the players and on friendly terms with their parents. Slowly but surely, Daan's relationship with Ries turns into a secret affair. The urge to keep it a secret makes him increasingly more lonely. When the relationship is discovered and is out in the open, Daan is mortified. Suddenly he has a new problem: he has to fight the harsh reactions from his community and his own shame.
Six military musicians flee into a forest after an attack on their parade. In the chaos that follows, a wounded colleague is left for dead in the woods. Slowly, the unit disintegrates as each tries to escape from enemy territory and from each other.
Nika and Nodo, two modern-day crusaders in Tbilisi, sense business opportunities as more and more life-sized neon crosses emerge in the city. However, their door-to-door sales of neon living room models isn't really taking off. Providing 'blessed power' as an extra seems like a lucrative plan, but Nika fears damnation.
Mr. K, a traveling magician, finds himself in a Kafka-esque nightmare when he can’t find the exit of the hotel he has slept in. His attempts to get out only pull him deeper, entangling him further with the hotel and its curious inhabitants.
Tropical Bungalow is an experimental essay film about the colonial experience of the Flemish woman and the Congolese in Belgian Congo, today’s Democratic Republic of Congo. Two perspectives that are still too often missing in white hetero male-dominated historical narratives.
Fanta (13) wants to become a star acrobat. Mami Wata, a majestic goddess, decides to help Fanta to find the strength to pursue her dream as the only girl in a circus troupe in Conakry, Guinea.
For over a decade, Jason (25) has secretly been in love with his best friend Niels (25). He knows his feelings will never be reciprocated, but struggles to let go. Jason is forced to confront his unrequited love when Niels reveals something to him he doesn't want to hear.
Together with a film crew, a black writer and his girlfriend arrive at an old mysterious town on the shores of a luminous lake. Over the course of three days, they are changed by the town’s magic. Hovering between dream and reality, they try to find the Arcadian dream again.
Nora (10) wanders like a time traveller through the memories of her grandfather Peter (80). Past and present increasingly intertwine and step by step she becomes aware of how Peter's memories are an important part of her being and how she influences Peter's progressively fuzzy memories.
Lizz (22) and Jay (24), a Dutch couple, embark on a journey through Africa full of excitement. Their plans are thrown off the rails as they help William (22), a young Mauritanian man, escape from his boss. As they attempt to escape with William along the west coast of Africa, Lizz and Jay are faced with the consequences of their actions.
Personal trainer S. takes police officer L. and his dog to the commune where she lives and introduces L. as a new member. This commune consists of a group of actively working people in very different professions, and is nothing like the usual alternative communes. L. is received with suspicion. His arrival there and his interaction with S. has consequences for everyone.
The oldest part of Amsterdam's historic city center, of which the Red Light District is a part, with its sex workers and coffee shops, is under high pressure from overtourism and its associated commerce. The area is packed, but at the same time the Red Light District is emptying out. The sex workers are suffering because the many tourists are driving away customers. The municipality wants to intervene to make the citycenter livable again, thus setting in motion change but also fear among the various groups. Are we on the eve of a historic turning point: the inner city free of prostitution? Who are the winners and who are the losers in this battle for the old downtown?