Topkapi Films

Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Max de Wolf
Kloveniersburgwal 131-III | 1011 KD Amsterdam
+31 203032494
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Topkapi develops and (co)produces television series, feature films and non-fiction projects for the Dutch and international market. With over twenty years of experience, Topkapi focuses on an extensive development and thrives to build long-term relationships with writers, directors and producers. Topkapi Films is run by producers Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld and Laurette Schillings; producer Max de Wolf focuses on working with new talent. Robert Oey leads Topkapi Non-fiction. Titles successfully (co)produced include Another Round (Druk), Instinct, Girl, Tailgate, Layla M., Benedetta and major period drama series Turbulent Skies.


The Life

Director: Giancarlo Sanchez. Screenwriters: Chris Westendorp, Ashar Medina, Wander Theunis. Cast: TBA. Country: NL. Co-producer: BNNVARA (NL). Status: Financing/pre-production. Release: 2022/2023. Sort: Series. Duration: 8x50 min. Genre: Drama. 

Glenn and Yola, a young and vibrant couple, try to build a life together in their hometown Rotterdam. But when Glenn gets into trouble with his criminal friends, his relationship with Yola, and her powerful but criminal family, gets strained and tested. When they find themselves on opposing sides in a life-threatening situation, they realize that they can only survive by choosing each other.

The Arrow

Director & Screenwriter: Sam de Jong. Cast: TBA. Country: NL/BE. Co-producer: De Wereldvrede (BE). Status: In development. Release: 2023. Sort: Feature film. Duration: 90 min. Genre: Drama. Distribution/Sales: TBA.

When Eva almost kills her husband to protect herself, she ends up in prison and she loses contact with her son Stijn. Ten years later, she is released from detention and she does everything in her power to win back the love of her son. In the end she finds out she is happier without him.