Studio Ruba is an Amsterdam based boutique production company founded by producers Maarten van der Ven and Layla Meijman. With a select group of filmmakers they focus on creating cinematic cutting edge stories, being involved from start to finish. Both producers have a hands on mentality and knowledge on both the productional as the creative side, guiding projects with great care. Before founding Ruba in 2019 Layla and Maarten gained years of experience producing (and line producing) award winning feature films, shorts and documentaries such as TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE (Ena Sendijarevic), WATERBOYS (Robert-Jan Westdijk), A GOAT FOR A VOTE (Jeroen van Velzen) and BOY MEETS GUN (Joost van Hezik).
In 2020 Ruba released the short films A HOLIDAY FROM MOURNING by Zara Dwinger and RE-ENTRY by Ben Brand. Recently two mid-length films by Zara Dwinger and Amira Duynhouwer aired on national TV. Dwight Fagbamila’s debut feature FEMI will be released in 2022. The youth film YOUR MOTHER! (Cinekind ScriptLab 2020) by Zara Dwinger is set to be shot in Poland summer of 2022. Black comedies BECOMING DUBOIS (Boost NL 2021) by Joost van Hezik and THE IDYLL AND OTHER EXOTICS by Aaron Rookus (EAVE 2020) are in an advanced stage of development and open for co-productions.
After a good national start with the company, Layla and Maarten now have an extra focus on establishing strong co-production relations.
The Idyll and Other Exotics
Writer & Director: Aaron Rookus. Country: NL, BE, DE. Co-producer: Polar Bear (BE). Status: In financing. Release: 2024. Sort: Feature film. Duration: 100 min. Genre: Black comedy. Distribution Benelux: Paradiso Films.
Victor (42) finally comes out of the closet, but realizes he is now too old for the gay dating market. His sister, opera diva Annika (40), imagines how her life could have been after a terminal diagnosis. Meanwhile grandmother (90) is really bad at killing herself, while Timo (10) is ticking off the bucket list 'Things You Need To Do When You Have Only One Week To Live'.
Director: Zara Dwinger. Writers: Zara Dwinger & Nena van Driel. Country: NL, PL. Co-producer: TBA. Status: In pre-production. Release: 2023. Sort: Family film. Duration: 90 min. Genre: Roadmovie. Distribution Benelux: Gusto Entertainment.
Tragicomic roadmovie about an 11-year old girl named Lu. Whose life is about to change when her long lost divaesque mother suddenly appears on her doorstep and takes Lu on a road trip to visit their family in her native Poland… the only thing is, she “forgot” to inform her foster parents. What starts out as a playful ‘lovers-on-the-run’ adventure, takes more twists and turns and Lu pushes her own boundaries more and more to impress her cool mother.