The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium
The unconditional love Cobain feels for Mia prevents him from getting his own life in order. He feels responsible for his unstable, pregnant mother and wants to rescue her. He is only able to choose life once he realizes that Mia cannot be saved. I think this is a very powerful dramatic concept. During the film, Cobain develops from a child into a man. He learns to take care of himself and make up his own mind, with all the consequences this entails.
Life through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old boy. He lives in exceptional circumstances, but is not always aware of this. Cobain’s mental journey is also a literal journey through the worlds he - temporarily - inhabits; the worlds in which he must make sense of himself. As the landscape changes, so does Cobain. He gets to know himself and the world in a new way.
Cobain has had a false start in life. His addicted, pregnant mother is unable to take care of him. Their roles are reversed: she is the child, he the adult. To prevent history from repeating itself, he must save himself by saving his unborn brother.
Cobain does not view his life as particularly hard or troubled; he takes things as they come. I am not so much concerned with the circumstances that can ruin a man, but rather with the life force that will not be slowed or tamed. It is the light that wriggles through the tiniest hole in the curtains, projecting an array of images onto the wall. In that moment, when you see it, there is happiness.
2017 - COBAIN
2013 - IT’S ALL SO QUIET (BOVEN IS HET STIL)
2010 - BROWNIAN MOVEMENT
2007 - WOLFSBERGEN
2005 - GUERNSEY
2002 - LA GRANDE GUERRE, TV-adaptation of a theatre play
2001 - ÎLES FLOTTANTES
1999 - MAX LUPA, TV film
1998 - WEEKEND, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Nanouk Leopold
Written by: Stienette Bosklopper
Produced by: Stienette Bosklopper, Lisette Kelder
Cinematography: Frank van den Eeden
Editing: Katharina Wartena
Production Design: Elsje de Bruijn
Costume Design: Manon Blom
Make-Up & Hair: Elke Hahn
Original Score: Harry de Wit
Sound Design: Andreas Hildebrandt
Cast: Bas Keizer (Cobain), Naomi Velissariou (Mia)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2018