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Tulips, Honour, Love and a Bike


After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.

TULIPANI tells the story of a romantic Dutch farmer named Gauke who after losing his farm during the floods of 1953 is determined to never ever have wet socks again. He cycles to the sizzling hot south of Italy to start a new life and ends up at the outskirts of a small village in Puglia. Due to his fairylike and miraculous tulip trade, his passionate love-life and his turbulent scuffles with the dubious local business practices, he becomes a living legend - to then suddenly disappear.

90’ / colour

Genre: romantic tragi-comedy
Original title: TULIPANI
Dir.: Mike van Diem
Prod: FATT Productions (NL)
Co-prod: Don Carmody Productions (CA), Draka Productions (IT)   
Sc: Peter van Wijk   
D.O.P.: Luc Breefeld
Completed: mid 2017
Language: Dutch/ English/Italian
Cast: Gijs Naber (The Peter Pan Man, Happily Ever After), Lidia Vitale (The Dinner, Jackie), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Another You), Michele Venitucci (Out of Bounds), Giancarlo Gianninni (Casino Royale, Man on Fire).

Festivals a.o.:
Toronto International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Washington DC International Film Festival
Siena Film Festival

Mike van Diem:
a.o. THE SURPRISE (2015, feature), CHARACTER (1997, feature) Awards: a.o. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Grand Prix Los Angeles IFF, Grand Jury Prize AFI Fest., ALASKA (1989, short) Awards: Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Golden Calf Best Short Netherlands FF.

FATT Productions
Ph: +31 20 341 9469

Sales: Atlas Film
Ph: +49 2007 1909

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