It’s 1943, but for friends Tuur and Lambert (12), the occupation is merely exciting inspiration for their marl cave-war games. Lambert starts feeling excluded when attractive new girl Maartje moves into town – but doesn’t know she’s Jewish while his father is the Dutch Nazi Party-mayor. Jealous, he tells his father about the hidden pig at Maartje’s farm, and she is arrested.
Lambert makes up for his betrayal by helping Tuur and his family, who turn out to be members of a resistance group, escape to Belgium through the caves.
Based on the bestseller Secrets of War by Jacques Vriens.
Historical family drama
Karen van Holst Pellekaan
Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Pippa Allen, Loek Peters
Bijker Film & TV (NL), Living Stone (BE), Tarantula (LUX), KRO (NL)
Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund (NL), Film Fund Luxembourg, Belgian Tax Shelter, EO (NL)
Castellinaria IFF Switzerland – Castello D’ Oro Award
CICFF – Adult Jury Prize, Live-action Feature Film
Chicago Int. Children’s Film Festival – Rembrandt Award for Best Youth Film
Stony Brook Film Festival – Audience Choice Award Best Feature
Teaneck IFF – Best Feature
Tromsø Children’s Film Festival Norway – Best Feature Film
Netherlands Film Festival – Special Jury Prize