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The film received support from the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, AVROTROS, Abraham Tuschinski Fonds, Eurimages, Norwegian Film Institute and FilmCamp.
The film was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
The third feature by the Dutch filmmaker Boudewjin Koole.
2017/ The Netherlands - Norway 102 min/ Drama
Original Title
Set in the remote winter landscape of Norway, Roos visits her mother there 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. Aided by her half-brother and her old flame, the two women reconcile and Roos is able to make her next and inescapable step.
Rifka Lodeizen
Elsie de Brauw
Jakob Oftebro
Marcus Hanssen
Screenwriter: Jolein Laarman
DOP: Melle van Essen
Editor: Gys Zevenbergen
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Production Company(ies)
The Film Kitchen
Sweet Films
Filmmore (post-production facilities)
Ineke Kanters
Jan van der Zanden
Joachim Lyng
Magnus Ramsdalen
film festivals
film festivals World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Chicago International Film Festival, USA
film festivals The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, Norway
film festivals Ostend Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals Nordic Film Days LĂĽbeck, Germany
film festivals Kolkata International Film Festival, India
film festivals European Film Forum Scanorama, Lithuania
film awards
film awards Best Artistic Contribution (Boudewijn Koole) at the Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
Interfilm Church Prize (Boudewijn Koole) at the LĂĽbeck Nordic Film Days, Germany
“Koole and Laarman have…drawn an authentic look at broken families and their ability to simultaneously be separated by a huge chasm and closer than ever before.” The Film Stage - Jared Mobarak
“Koole is able to paint this really textured film with gorgeous shots of the Norwegian winter”KINETOSCOPE - Jason Chen
“ watchable for Dutch film-maker Koole’s intriguing aesthetic discourse and absorbing performances.”High on Films - Arun Kumar