Cool Kids Don’t Cry

COOL KIDS DON’T CRY tells the story of Akkie, a young girl who loves soccer, even when her classmate Joep thinks soccer is not meant for girls. Akkie uses her humor to deal with Joep’s bullying, not knowing that behind his hostility there hides a boy who is in love with her. When Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia, Akkie remains optimistic and full of energy. She even continues interfering with the school soccer tournament while she is in hospital. When Akkie is no longer able to participate in the tournament, Joep comes up with a really special plan…

Based on the bestseller Cool Kids Don’t Cry by Jacques Vriens.

ORIGINAL TITLE

Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet

RELEASE YEAR

2012

GENRE

Family drama

LANGUAGE

Dutch

DIRECTOR

Dennis Bots

WRITER

Karen van Holst Pellekaan

CAST

Hanna Obbeek, Nils Verkooijen, Johanna ter Steege

CO-PRO

Bijker Film & TV (NL), Living Stone (BE), EO (NL)

BUDGET

€ 1.8 M

FINANCIERS

Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund (NL), Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Belgian Tax Shelter

DISTRIBUTOR

Dutch FilmWorks

SOLD TO

15 territories, and very successfullly remade in Norway

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

Netherlands Film Festival (Golden Calf Audience Award), Toronto IFF (Audience Choice Award, Children and Young People Jury Award), Buenos Aires IFF “Nueva Mirada” for Children and Youth (Best Feature Film, Special Mention Children’s Friend Award), Mandaluyong Cine Europa Film Festival, European Union Film Festival

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