SNG Film Classics: now to be seen JACOBA by Joram ten Brink (Eng subs)

JACOBA is a personal film by Joram ten Brink about the hiding place of his Jewish family in Southeast Drenthe. The film tells the story of two families in Southeast Drenthe: the Ten Brink family and the Omvlee family. The Ten Brinks settled there at the end of the 17th century. At first they worked as butchers, later they had a textile shop. The only difference between this family and their neighbors was that “they went to church on Saturday and the others on Sunday.” The life of a Jewish family in the medina – in the countryside – was very different from that of the Jews in the big cities. They lived completely integrated with the population. The Second World War ended this existence. Jacoba Omvlee, a widow with eight children, then provided shelter to the Ten Brink family, which consisted of father, mother, their youngest son and an uncle, in a small attic room. During the day, the four people had to sit still, otherwise they could be seen by the neighbors. They were in hiding there for two and a half years. Joram, the filmmaker, is the son of the 16-year-old son in the attic. In the film he uses poignant letters from his uncle Leo. He had scenes of the hiding place reenacted by younger generations of the Omvlees and the Ten Brinks. And we also see images of the Drenthe countryside that have already become history again. Everything shot on 16 mm film. A very special film, in the SNG Film Classics series.

NEWS – spring 2021

MENGELBERG receives development support from the Netherlands Film Fund

The MENGELBERG film plan by Annette Apon has received a subsidy from the Film Fund for artistic development. Stan Lapinski wrote the screenplay for this project. The film is about the last years of the brilliant conductor Willem Mengelberg, in exile waiting for the lifting of his ban on conducting because of his attitude in the war. Three women are surrounding him.
Soon there will be a first lecture with the actors


FUGA honored by the Netherlands Film Fund as a minority co-production


FUGA is a Belgian / French / Dutch / Peruvian co-production with Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez as directors. Previously they made BY THE NAME OF TANIA , which was selected for the Berlinale 2019. FUGA is also a special story: In the heart of the Amazon, SAOR, a young androgynous artist, Saor travels to the home village of his former mistress to bury her there. By meeting her former friends, Saor plunges into the memories of the dirty war. He understands with horror how his lover was both a victim and an executioner. The Film Fund honored SNG Film’s application for a minority co-production. Main producer is Hanne Phlypo from Clin d’Oeil. The film is scheduled to be shot in Peru in the winter of 2021/22.


MARCHING IN THE DARK honored by the Netherlands Film Fund as a minority co-production

Marching in the dark

For this film too SNG Film works together with Clin d’Oeil, now with Evelien de Graeff. MARCHING IN THE DARK is a documentary. For more than 20 years, India has faced a high suicide rate among farmers. A group of widows who want to continue their husband’s farming business come together to share their problems. 28-year-old introverted Sanjeevani finds the courage to be self-reliant, in silent rebellion against a patriarchal society.
The director is Kinshuk Surjan, who studied film in India, Prague and Brussels. SNG Film is also a minority co-producer for this film. VAF and Filmfonds have awarded a contribution.


THE FUTURE IS AN ELDER COW selected for TorinoFilmLab ScriptLab 2021

Torino Filmlab

While KALA AZAR can still be seen here and there at festivals, Janis is working on a new film plan , entitled THE FUTURE IS AN ELDER COW. The Film Fund granted her a subsidy for a first treatment in the framework of Film Fast Forward. Janis has been selected with this project for the ScriptLab of the Torino Film Lab.

Logline: In a quiet provincial town, a couple prepares to welcome new life. Pregnancy sets in motion a series of developments regarding motherhood, reproduction and empathy, ending with the most disruptive scenario for the end of humanity: women giving birth to mammals instead of humans. It is an existential domestic drama with dark humor; visual poetry about our failure to recognize animals as equal beings on this planet.


GLORY DAYS release 2021

Glory days poster

The release of Ben van Lieshout’s new documentary has already been postponed a few times due to COVID-19, but we think it should really work on August 19. The film shows life on the Russian peninsula of Kola, where Murmansk is located, with impressive images. The idealistic intentions with which Kola has been cultivated since the beginning of the Russian Revolution have left deep marks in the landscape and in the minds of people.
Glory Days will be released in the Netherlands by Mokum Filmdistributie.



ACE logo

Hugo Naber has been selected for the ACE Producers Mentoring Program 2021. Mariusz Wlodarski (ACE 27, Lava Films – Poland) will be his mentor. The ACE Mentoring Program has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund, NAPA, Film Forward and Eye Filmmuseum. The program aims to support producers in managing their careers and developing their international network, by giving them the opportunity to actively learn from established mentors working within the European film industry.


DVDs LEONIE, actress and spy & Highway NL now available

The DVDs of both Highway NL (2019) by Ben van Lieshout and Leonie, actress and spy (2020) by Annette Apon are now available and can be ordered in the SNG Film webshop. The DVDs cost €15 each.

logline Highway NL:
Highway NL is a poetic and biting road movie about the intriguing and fascinating world on and off the highway. A cinematographic ode to the ever-growing highway infrastructure in the Netherlands. Or is it an indictment of its all-embracing proliferation?

logline Leonie, actress and spy:
A film about Leonie Brandt, an actress who used her talent in the thirties and forties to become a brilliant double agent and after the war was able to weave an inextricable web of intrigues and mysteries.

Films can be viewed in their entirety on Vimeo

SNG Film is currently digitising its rich archives. We believe that these films deserve to be seen and have therefore made several available, in their entirety, on the Vimeo channel of SNG Film.
The first films that can be viewed are the experimental documentary THE CHESTNUT TREE AND THE RIVER by Marieke van der Sloot and the animation films MATCH and SHELLS by Jef Nassenstein.

THE CHESTNUT TREE AND THE RIVER shows the developments in a landscape from the perspective of a chestnut tree. In 2010 the film won the Silver Sierra Film Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival.


MATCH was screened in competition at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2003 and SHELLS was equally screened in competition at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2007. In both films figures are followed as they navigate through a fantastical universe.

Vimeo-link MATCH:
Vimeo-link SHELLS: