‘There’s nothing here’ is how fifteen-year-old Meis describes the place where she lives. Indeed her little family home stands pretty much alone in the flat countryside; it’s located exactly at the point where the road makes a sharp turn. A car could so easily run off the road and run slap bang into their living room. Her grandmother sits silently in her wheelchair permanently shaking her head; her father’s favourite position is to be supine on the couch, and her mother is desperate for the family finally to move to the town – it’s as if they’re all paralysed. Meis rides around the place on her bike thinking about the origin of the world, about molecules, gravity and exploding stars. She often goes to the old bridge where her grandfather leapt to his death and spends time clambering about, sunning herself and giving free rein to her erotic fantasies. On the few occasions when she meets up with a girlfriend, the talk is all of boys. Then one day it actually happens: a crash. The driver behind the wheel looks dead. It’s a young guy and he’s hot. A refreshingly quirky story about one girl’s sexual awakening.

Director – Tamar Van den Dop
Writer – Tamar Van den Dop
Producer – Raymond Van der Kaaij (Revolver)
Co-producers – Eurydice Gysel & Koen Mortier (Czar Film & TV), Herbert Schwering (Coin Film), Marc Bary (Ijswater Films)
Cinematography – Gregor Meerman
Editor – Katarina Turler
Art Director – Seth Turner
Cast – Gaite Jansen, Tamar Van den Dop, Bob Schwarze, Helga Boettiger, David Schütter, Elise Van ‘t Laar, Dennis Overweg & Rob Rotteveel

NFF (Netherlands Film Fund), VAF (Flanders Audovisual Fund)
Supported by Rotterdam Media Fund, Nordmedia Fund GMBH, The Investment and Business Development Bank of Lower Saxony (NBANK) & Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein 

Sales & Distribution
Distributed by Wild Bunch Benelux & Film1

Bio director
Born in Amsterdam and educated at a Swiss school, Tamar van den Dop trained at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht. She has worked as an actress in different countries, including France, Germany and Belgium, for theatre, film and television productions. For her role in ‘Provincie’ she was nominated “Best Actress” at the Netherlands Film Festival and the Stars de Demain Festival in Geneva. The first short film she directed ‘Lot’ won multiple international awards and the Dutch nomination for the 2002 Academy Awards. In 2004 her next short film, ‘Schat’ was again the Dutch entry to the Academy Awards.

Festival selections & Awards

  • World premiere at the Berlin International Festival, official selection Generation 14plus, 2014
  • Winner Grand Jury Prize Feature Film at First Youth Film Festival, 2014
  • Nominated for Best Feature at Chicago International Film Festival, 2014
  • Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Nederlands FIlm Festival, 2014
  • Nominated for Best Youth Film at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2014