The Storm awarded in New York
Dutch feature THE STORM by director Ben Sombogaart received a Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the 15th edition of the Stony Brook Film Festival, New York.
THE STORM together with BRIDE FLIGHT, both directed by Ben Sombogaart, were part of the Opening Night of the festival. Actress Sylvia Hoeks and Alain DeLevita, the film’s producer, attended the festival for the U.S. première of THE STORM on July 22, 2010.
According to Alan Inkles, founder and director of the festival, the audience was extremely positive about this year’s programming, ‘including Opening Night, where two new dramatic features from the Netherlands were introduced, THE STORM and BRIDE FLIGHT […] The international mix of films has become a Stony Brook specialty as more and more sales companies have found Stony Brook to be a great outlet for their films.’
Stony Brook was honoured to screen THE STORM. ‘The powerful response that included an extended standing ovation was impossible to ignore. We felt the extraordinary work merited a special award’, said Alan Inkles. ‘This gripping drama is remarkable for its realism, superb direction, extraordinary performances and outstanding special effects.’
THE STORM is based on a real event, The Netherlands’ own Hurricane Katrina, the North Sea Flood of 1953, or in Dutch ‘de Watersnoodramp’ (‘the flood disaster’).
THE STORM is directed by Ben Sombogaart. Written by Marjolein Beumer and Rik Launspach. Produced by Alain De Levita and Johan Nijenhuis. With Sylvia Hoeks, Barry Atsma, Dirk Roofthooft, Monic Hendrickx, Katja Herbers and Lottie Hellingman. From Nijenhuis & De Levita Film. The film will be released in Russia, Japan, France, Taiwan, and broadcast on SBS in Australia.