Het Zuiden

The Netherlands


Martje is the successful manager of a laundry, but has a poor social life. Everything changes when new driver Lou shows up for work. Martje falls for his charms. She overcomes her usual shyness and is intimate with him. But things turn out differently. After a humiliating incident her employers imprison the man she loves. She does not stop them and, torn by her extreme emotions, she slowly drifts away from reality. SOUTH is an intense character study; a psychological drama from the Dutch director Martin Koolhoven (The Cave, Amnesia). The film has received many positive critics in The Netherlands. Especially the main actors Frank Lammers (Shouf Shouf Habibi, Grimm), Monic Hendrickx (Polish Bride, Nynke and twice winner of the Dutch Film Festival's actress award) and Oksana Akinshina (Lilja 4-ever) were praised for their excellent performances.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Martin Koolhoven

Written by: Mieke de Jong

Produced by: Els Vandevorst

Cinematography: Menno Westendorp

Editing: Job ter Burg

Original Score: Paul M. van Brugge

Sound Design: Yves De Mey

Cast: Monic Hendrickx (Martje ), Olga Louzgina (Galina), Oksana Akinshina (Zoya), Arnold Willems (Guus), Frank Lammers (Loe), Ina Geerts (Dorien)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2004