Topkapi Films

Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Max de Wolf
Kloveniersburgwal 131-III | 1011 KD Amsterdam
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Topkapi develops and (co)produces feature films, television drama and nonfiction productions for the Dutch and international market. It strives to build long-term relationships with writers and directors. Topkapi Films is run by Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld and Laurette Schillings. Idse Grotenhuis is responsible for Topkapi Series and Robert Oey leads Topkapi Nonfiction. Titles successfully (co)produced include Instinct, Girl, Pari, Tailgate, Another Round, Layla M., A Noble Intention, Benedetta, Land and Belgica.


My father is an airplane

Director: Antoinette Beumer. Screenwriter: Maaik Krijgsman. Cast: Elise Schaap, Pierre Bokma, Maarten Heijmans. Country: NL. Co-producer: VPRO. Status: production. Release: 2020. Sort: feature. Duration: 90 min. Genre: psychological drama. Distribution/Sales: September Film, distributor benelux.

When Eva’s mother unexpectedly dies, the life of Eva turns out to be built on secrets and lies. The fear of losing her mind, just like her father, becomes more and more threatening and Eva starts a quest for her past to face her demons.

Photo: Antoinette Beumer (Director) & Elise Schaap (Lead actress)

Turbulent Skies

Director: Joram Lürsen. Screenwriter: Thomas van der Ree, in collaboration with Winchester McFly. Cast: Daan Schuurmans, Fedja van Huêt, Steef de Bot, Bram Suijker, Anniek Pheifer, Sanne Samina Hanssen. Country: NL. Co-producer: AVROTROS. Status: post-production . Release: 2020. Sort: series. Duration: 8 x 50min. Genre: drama, adventure. Distribution/Sales: Global Screen.

As founders of the Dutch aviation, idealist Albert Plesman and opportunist Anthony Fokker, are inextricably bound together. They cannot live with or without each other. During the interwar period and in spite of their differences, they pull off setting up civil aviation in the Netherlands, when the world is heading for a new war.

Photographer: Mark van Aller