IJswater Films, headed by producer Marc Bary (EFA-member), produces high quality award winning features, shorts, documentaries and TV-drama by emerging or established (inter)national talent for 25 years.
Titles a.o. THE POLISH BRIDE (Cannes Critics Choice, Golden Globe Nominee), WIN/WIN (Prix Genève Europe Script Award), DEEP (Reflet d’Or IFF Genève), SKIN (Dutch Academy Award Best Actor/Emmy Nomination), THE NEW WORLD (Intl. Emmy Award Best Actress), 22nd OF MAY (TIFF), SUPERNOVA (Berlinale Generation), PARADISE TRIPS (Best Cinematography Sopot FF), IN BLUE (Dutch Academy Awards Best Director/Best Screenplay/Best Actress 2018, Austin FF Best Narrative Feature) and recently Spanish spoken and majority copro with Tourmalet (ES): LA ÚLTIMA PRIMAVERA /LAST DAYS OF SPRING (2020, Isabel Lamberti); Cannes ACID Nomination, San Sebastian IFF New Directors Award 2020, Special Jury Award MedFilm Festival Rome, Best Acting Award Les Arcs FF, Best Feature-Krakow Film Award 2021.
Shorts a.o. : CONTACT (Winner Golden Bear Berlinale), L'ETÉ ET TOUT LE RESTE (Venice Orizzonti 2018, TIFF), FATHER (Locarno 2019), recent NOVA (Buff FF nomination, Best LGBT Short Golden Leaf FF), LAST RIDE (Short Cutz Nomination) and SPOTLESS (Winner Crystal Bear Berlinale 2022).
Recent TV drama: pre-school children’s series KABAM! (Winner Best Dutch TV Series Cinekid FF 2021).
Besides post-production of the intl. features THE MAN FROM ROME and KILLING CRABS now shooting: youth feature film UNTIL SUNSET by Albert Jan van Rees and three new shorts by new film makers Sophie van de Pol, Luca Meisters and Tim Bary.
In development / financing and open for intl. co-production new features a.o. IMPRISONED by director Academy Award Nominee Ben Sombogaart (script Chris Westendorp), THE DUMPED (Malu Janssen, Cinemart Boost NL), English spoken IN ALASKA by Jaap van Heusden, co-written & co-produced by Canadian Vinnie Karetak and Belgian Caviar (selection 2019 Cannes L'Atelier / TIFF Ontario Creates IFF, supported by NL Filmfund, MEDIA Creative Europe), LOST SON (1st feature by Edson da Conceicao, written by Philip Delmaar) and historical biopic about ANTON DE KOM, copro Tulsa Studios, script Philip Delmaar & Raoul de Jong, director Edson da Conceicao, animated feature THE WONDROUS JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOPHIE by Roel & Berend Boorsma in coprod with Pellicola), youth films CHARLIE, THE LITTLE TREE GIRL (written by Lineke van den Boezem & Matthijs van Wensveen, director Sanne Vogel), JUST NICK (written by Jeanine Cronie, Cinekid Scrip Lab 2021-2022, director Nicole van Kilsdonk).
Other members of the IJswater team: Nicky Onstenk - junior producer, Babs Bakx – assistant producer and Steven Rubinstein Malamud - independent producer.
THE MAN FROM ROME
Director: Jaap van Heusden. Screenwriters: Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok.
Cast: Michele Riondino, Raymond Thiry, Emma Bading, Marie Louise Stheins. Country: NL/DE.
Co-producers: Fiction Park (DE), Dutch Public Broadcaster EO. Status: work-in-progress, in post-production (delivery final film: Mid-June 2022). Sort: feature, 100’. Genre: drama, mystery.
Distribution Benelux: Gusto Entertainment. Distribution Germany: Missing Films.
The sceptical priest Filippo (37) is sent by the Vatican to investigate and debunk a crying statue of the Virgin Mary in a Dutch southern border community, where four years ago a boy shot and killed eleven of his schoolmates. Attracted and unsettled by the mute young woman Térèse who discovered the tears, he gets entangled in the village’s grief and a series of apparently miraculous events that bring down his certainties about his calling as a priest and as human being.
Jaap van Heusden (1979) writes and directs films that resonate the great themes of our time by telling personal stories that are delivered by exceptional actors. His award-winning features were widely shown at prestigious festivals, like WIN/WIN (Prix Europe Best Screenplay), THE NEW WORLD (Intl. Emmy Award Best Actress), IN BLUE (Dutch Academy Awards Best Director/Best Screenplay/Best Actress, Austin FF Best Narrative Feature). New project IN ALASKA was selected for 2019 Cannes L'Atelier, Intl. Financing Forum @TIFF.
MATAR CANGREJOS (KILLING CRABS)
Director & Screenwriter: Omar Razzak. Country: ESP/NL. Majority co-producer: Tourmalet Films (ESP). Status: work-in-progress, in post-production (delivery final film: June 2022). Release: 2nd half of 2022. Sort: feature, 90’. Genre: drama, coming of age. Distribution Spain, sales: Filmax. Distribution Benelux: Cherry Pickers.
Tenerife, the 90s. Dolphins, parrots, prickly pears and two siblings. Rayco, 8 years old, is fascinated by the arrival of Michael Jackson on the island, and by a hermit who lives in a cave facing the sea. Paula, 13, faces the imminent eviction of her grandmother while also wandering through abandoned hotels on the coast. A family portrait from the point of view of two siblings about to leave childhood behind.
Killing Crabs is a portrait of a certain time and space: the island of Tenerife in the 90s. The childhood of screenwriter and director Omar Razzak. After studying Audiovisual Communication and Film Creation and Management in Madrid and training in Paris and Montreal he founded Tourmalet Films, together with Manuel Arango. Among his productions, Stockholm by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Goya Award); the documentaries The inflated jungle by Alejandro Naranjo (FICCI, DokFest, Seminci); Double Me by Felipe Rugeles (FICCI – Cartagena Film Festival 2018, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018) and the minority coproduction La Última Primavera / Last Days of Spring by Isabel Lamberti (IJswater Films, Cannes-ACID, San Sebastian-New Directors Award). As a writer and director, he has released the documentaries Paradiso (Transylvania, Brooklyn or SEMINCI) and La tempestad calmada (ICA-London, Dok.fest München, DocumentaMadrid).