DCP/HD - 2014 - Belgium / Germany / Netherlands - 102 min - Color - Drama
Original title: SUPERNOVA
A film by Tamar van den Dop
Meis is fifteen, lives in the back of beyond and aspires to a grand and stirring life, but all that happens is the passing of the time, waiting for the next car to run into the front of the house. She dreams of a young car driver called "Brad" whom she would like to take care of and maybe have sex with. Dad is waiting for the next driver to bring some heroism to his life again. Mom is waiting for the same moment, so they can permanently move to the city. Ever since dad was the first person that ran into the house, grandma cannot stop shaking. The shaking seems to worsen lately. Meis hopes this is a sign that something is bound to happen. The whole family is waiting in the bisected room, of wich three meters plus a thirty-centimetre safety margin have been declared unfit for habitation by grandpa after the last collision. Grandpa himself fell from the half-completed bridge years ago and drowned. They all wait for the next driver to crash their house. During one of Meis' forbidden, dangerous nocturnal visits to the half bridge, deliverance finally arrives. Part of a trunk sticks out from the cloud of dust blowing from the house front. In the car, the solution incarnate lies, all crumpled up. He is about 19 years old and his name could very well be Brad.
Original language: Dutch
Produced by: Revolver Amsterdam, Coin Film, Epidemic Film, IJswater Films
Berlin International Film Festival 2014 - Generation section FIRST International Film Festival, Xining, 2014 Cambridge Film Festival 2014 Zadar Film Forum Festival - 2014 - EoF section 16ème Les Rencontres des Cinémas d'Europe, Aubenas - 2014 Motovun Film Festival (Craotia) 2014 Cinematik Piestany IFF, Slovakia 2014 Chicago Film Festival 2014 Kolkata International Film Festival 2014 Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2015 Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers' Film Festival in Macedonia 2015
Grand Jury Award of International Cinema Competition - FIRST International Film Festival, Xining, 2014 GOLDEN ROYAL BENGAL TIGER award of Best Director - Kolkata International Film Festival 2014
Tamar van den Dop
Tamar van den Drop graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy. As an actress, she played in the Oscar-winning CHARACTER and other films. Her short film LOT was the Dutch nomination for the 2002 Academy Awards. This film won the prize for Best Short Film at the 2002 International Film Festival Avanca, the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award at the 2003 Film Festival Premier Plans, and the Golden Gate Award for Best Short Film at the 2003 San Francisco Film Festival. Her next film SCHAT was again the Dutch entry to the Academy Awards in 2004. In 2007, her first feature film BLIND première at the Toronto Filmfestival and was awarded the Dutch Moviesquad youth award at the Dutch Filmfestival. The script, also written by Van den Dop, was nominated for the prestigious NHK Script Award at the American Sundance Film Festival.