Love is the Word
A moving, romantic and funny coming-of-age drama about the magic of first love and the misery of first lost.
Bart (13) is a sensitive and religious boy who wants to do as many good deeds as possible. He unexpectedly falls head-over-heels in love with the sophisticated and highly seductive Moniek (16). Against his parents’ wishes, he secretly starts seeing her, but from that moment on terrible things start to happen. Is this because he is more preoccupied with Moniek than with doing good deeds? He must make a choice – to love Moniek or return to the path of righteousness.
102’ / DCP / colour
Genre: romantic drama
Original title: HEMEL OP AARDE
Dir: Pieter Kuijpers
Prod: Pupkin Film (NL)
Co-prod: Caviar Films (BE)
Sc: Edward Stelder
D.O.P.: Bert Pot
Completed: October 2013
Cast: Ella-June Henrard (PORTABLE LIFE), Huub Stapel (SAINT, EEP!), Jeroen van Koningsbrugge (A CHRISTMOOSE STORY, LOFT), Lies Visschedijk (LOFT, IT’S ALL SO QUIET).
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth
Seoul International Youth Film Festival
a.o. MANSLAUGHTER (2012, feature), NOTHING TO LOSE (2008, feature) Awards: a.o. Best Feature Philadelphia IFF, DENNIS P (2007, feature), THE HORROR BUS (2005, feature) Awards: Best of Fest Award Chicago Int. Children’s FF, Laudable Mention LUCAS Int. Children’s FF, OFF SCREEN (2005, feature) Awards: a.o. Grand Prix Des Amériques Montréal World FF, Best Feature Philadelphia IFF, GODFORSAKEN (2003, feature) Awards: a.o. Best Screenplay Lecce Festival of Europan Cinema, THE ARCHIVES (2003, feature).
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