The Netherlands prominently in the picture at international film festivals

No less than ten Dutch productions and co-productions have been selected for the next edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Martin Koolhoven’s “Brimstone” enjoyed its premier screening at the film festival in Venice, and “Tonio” is the Dutch entry for the Oscars.

Toen mijn vader een struik werd (When my father became a bush) by director Nicole van Kilsdonk will be premièred at the TIFF Kids programme. The children’s film, a Lemming Film production, tells the story of a country at war as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl who is trying to gain foothold in a world that has gone out of control. Previously, it was announced that Layla M. by Mijke de Jong will also be given its world premiere showing during the TIFF’s prestigious Platform competition. 

Mixed reception

Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone will be shown in Toronto as part of the Special Presentations. The thriller, which had its world premier screening at the Venice International Film Festival, could count on a mixed reception but made a tremendous impression on the audience. 

Oscar entries

Tonio by director Paula van der Oest was selected to represent the Netherlands in the next Academy Awards. The film, starring Pierre Bokma, Rifka Lodeizen and Chris Peters, will be entered in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Tonio is based on the novel of the same title by A. F. TH. van der Heijden. The script for the film was written by Hugo Heinen and produced by Alain de Levita, Sytze van der Laan and Sabine Brian.  

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Pierre Bokma en Rifka Lodeizen in Tonio