IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’), founded 25 years ago by Marc Bary, is producing high quality features, shorts, documentaries and drama series from both new and established talent for the (inter)national market. After producing shorts, like Berlinale Golden Bear Winner Contact, the very first feature The Polish Bride was nominated for Cannes Critics Choice and a Golden Globe, which was later followed by a.o. Skin (Dutch Academy Award Best Actor/Emmy Nomination), The New World (Emmy Award Best Actress), Supernova (Berlinale Generation), Paradise Trips (Best Cinematography Sopot FF), In Blue (Best Feature Austin IFF, Winner Dutch Academy Awards 2018 Best Director/Screenplay/Actress), French spoken short L'été et tout le reste (Venice Orizzonti / TIFF 2018), short doc Father (IFF Locarno Pardi di domani 2019). Besides Isabel Lamberti’s internationally acclaimed debut La Última Primavera (a.o. winner New Directors Award San Sebastian IFF 2020), new shorts were recently produced by emerging talents Edson da Conceicao, Last Ride, Luca Meisters, Nova, Emma Branderhorst, Spotless and short documentary Dunya by Tim Bary. In development / financing: stop-motion animated feature The Wondrous Journey of Little Sophie by Roel & Berend Boorsma (Dutch/Norwegian/Belgian coprod with Pellicola), The Dumped by Malu Janssen (Cinemart Boost NL 2020), English spoken Dutch/Canadian/Belgian coprod In Alaska by Jaap van Heusden (Cannes l’Atelier & iff Ontario Creates TIFF 2019, supported by NL Filmfund & MEDIA Creative Europe). The Man from Rome, written by Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok (Dutch/German coprod) had its last shooting day on November 5th 2021. Imprisoned (written by Chris Westendorp, directed by Ben Sombogaart) and youth films Charlie, the tree girl (written by Lineke van den Boezem & Matthijs van Wensveen) and Just Nick (written by Jeanine Cronie, directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk). Broadcasted in 2021: pre-school children’s series Kabam! (winner of a Cinekid Lion ’21).
Team: Marc Bary - founding owner/producer, Eline van Hagen - project supervisor, Nicky Onstenk - junior producer and Steven Rubinstein Malamud - independent producer.
THE MAN FROM ROME
Director: Jaap van Heusden. Screenwriters: Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok. Country: NL/DE. Co-producer: EO (NL) & Fiction Park (DE). Status: post-production. Sort: feature-length film, Dutch, English and Italian spoken. Genre: drama. Distribution Benelux: Gusto Entertainment. Distribution Germany: Missing Films. Financiers: NL Film Fund, NL Production Incentive, CoBo Fund, Eurimages, NRW Film Fund, German Federal Filmfund.
The sceptical priest Filippo is sent by the Vatican to investigate and debunk a crying statue of the Virgin Mary in a border community in the south of Holland, 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 (immigration, mental health and the implosion of the great institutions) by telling deeply personal stories that are delivered by exceptional actors. His films were in competition at Tribeca, Cannes, AFI Fest, Rome, IDFA, SXSW, Melbourne, Tehran, Rotterdam, the Student Academy Awards and many other festivals worldwide, picking up prices along the way. Feature films: Win / Win (Prix Europe Best Screenplay 2010), The New World (Signis Award, Emmy Award Best Actress 2014), In Blue (winner Dutch Academy Awards Best Director / Best Screenplay / Best Actress 2018). In Alaska was selected for Cannes’ l’Atelier 2019.
CHARLIE, HET BOMENMEISJE | CHARLIE, THE TREE GIRL
Director: Sanne Vogel. Writers: Lineke van den Boezem & Matthijs van Wensveen. Country: NL (looking for Belgian coprod partner). Status: In financing / final development. Sort: Feature-length film. Genre: Children's drama. Financiers: NL Film Fund. Distributor Benelux: Gusto Entertainment. International sales: Dutch Features.
Anna (11) is mesmerized by a story that is being told by her grandfather Koos (71). A story about Charlie, the miraculous tree girl who was his best friend during his childhood. The boundaries between reality and fantasy are crossed when Anna helps Koos to be with Charlie one last time.
Sanne Vogel is besides a successful actress, also a writer and director for film and theatre. Together with Beri Shalmashi, she wrote and directed her debut, the mid-length TV film MAMA, nominated for a Dutch Academy Award/Golden Calf Best TV Drama. She also wrote and directed the short fiction films KLEIN and KORT. In 2014, her feature film directorial debut HARTENSTRAAT (HEART STREET) was released in cinemas. In early 2016, her second feature film BRASSERIE VALENTIJN was released. In 2019 the youth feature film ZOMER ZONDER MAMA (SUMMER WITH RANA), was released, which Sanne directed end which has been shown at festivals worldwide, sold to several countries and recently won an 'Audience Award' at Belmont World Film Family Festival.