Secrets of War

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.

ORIGINAL TITLE

Oorlogsgeheimen

RELEASE YEAR

2014

GENRE

Family drama

LANGUAGE

Dutch

DIRECTOR

Dennis Bots

WRITER

Karen van Holst Pellekaan

CAST

Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Pippa Allen, Loek Peters

CO-PRO

Bijker Film & TV (NL), Living Stone (BE), Tarantula (LUX), KRO (NL)

BUDGET

€ 3 M

FINANCIERS

Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund (NL), Film Fund Luxembourg, Belgian Tax Shelter, EO (NL)

DISTRIBUTOR

Dutch FilmWorks

SALES AGENT

Sola Media

SOLD TO

10 territories and counting

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

Toronto IFF, 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)

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