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Tonio by Paula van der Oest


A film based on the novel TONIO, about the tragic accident that claimed the life of the writer's only son.

Twenty one-year old Tonio is hit by a car and taken to hospital in a critical condition. He dies shortly afterwards. The lives of his parents who had to watch their only son die in intensive care are transformed drastically. His death leaves them with a phantom pain – everything around them serves to remind them of him. They mourn, but at the same time have to try to prevent their own lives being drawn into a downward spiral of sorrow.

100’ / DCP / colour

Genre: drama
Original title: TONIO
Dir: Paula van der Oest
Prod: NL Film & TV   
Sc: Hugo Heinen   
D.O.P.: Guido van Gennep
Completed: May 2016
Language: Dutch
Cast: Pierre Bokma (The Surprise, Borgman) Rifka Lodeizen (Public Works, Life According to Nino), Chris Peters (The Pool).

Festivals a.o.:
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Beijing International Film Festival
Stony Brook Film Festival
TONIO was the submission from The Netherlands to the 89e Oscars, in the catergory Best Foreign Language.

Paula van der Oest:
a.o. ACCUSED (2014, feature), THE DOMINO EFFECT (2012, feature), BLACK BUTTERFLIES (2011, feature) Awards: a.o. SAFTAs for Best Film, Best Camera, Best Production Design and Best Music, WIJSTER (2008, feature), TIRAMISU (2008, feature) Awards: Golden Calf Best Actress and Best Music Netherlands FF, HIDDEN FLAWS (2004, feature), MADAME JEANETTE (2004, feature), MOONLIGHT (2002, feature) Award: Best European Feature Hollywood FF.

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