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Secrets of War by Dennis Bots
Secrets of War

Secrets of War

Against the background of WWII, Tuur’s friendship with Lambert is tested when both boys befriend new girl Maartje. The secret she holds will put all three of their lives in danger.

It’s 1943, but for friends Tuur and Lambert (12), the German occupation is merely inspiration for their exciting cave-war games. Then the Jewish Maartje joins their class. Tuur distances himself from Lambert when he discovers his own father is a member of the resistance, while Lambert's father is a member of the Dutch fascist party. Maartje is arrested after Lambert tells his father about her hidden pig. Lambert makes up for his betrayal by helping Tuur and his family escape to Belgium.

95’ / DCP / colour

Genre: family
Dir: Dennis Bots
Prod: Bijker Film & TV (NL), Rinkel Film (NL)
Co-prod: Living Stone (BE), Tarantula (LU)       
Sc: Karen van Holst Pellekaan           
D.O.P.: Rolf Dekens
Completed: summer 2014       
Language: Dutch
Cast: Loek Peters (COOL KIDS DON’T CRY, QUIZ), Stefan de Walle (THE MARATHON), Eva Duijvestein (VOX POPULI, MAMA), Nils Verkooijen (COOL KIDS DON’T CRY, SONNY BOY).       

Festivals and awards a.o:
Toronto International Film Festival
Castellinaria International Film Festival - Castello D'Oro Award
Chicago International Children's Film festival - Adult Jury First Prize
Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival
Schlingel International Film Festival
Seville European Film Festival
Gijon International Film Festival for Young People
Stony Brook Film Festival - Audience Choice Award - Best Feature

Dennis Bots:
a.o. COOL KIDS DON’T CRY (2012, feature) Awards: a.o. Audience Award TIFF Kids IFF, Gryphon Award Sao Paulo Giffoni FF, ANUBIS AND THE WRATH OF ARGHUS (2009, feature), ANUBIS AND THE PATH OF SEVEN SINS (2008, feature), ZOO RANGERS IN AFRICA (2005, feature), EMERGENCY EXIT (2001, short) Awards: Silver Gryphon Giffoni FF, Most Innovative Short Reel2Real FF.

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