Summer (Zomer) Directed
Colette Bothof The Netherlands / 2014 / 89 minutes New York Premiere
In Dutch with English subtitles
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Colette Bothof, Bruce Weiss
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at ROSENDALE THEATRE for the Rosendale screening.
Zomer (Summer) is sweltering in a Dutch village where everyday life is dominated by the continually droning power plant. Sixteen-year-old Anne, her brother and their friends spend the days biking through winding roads that lead nowhere and everywhere. It is a time of adventure and youthful awakening. Anne, however, a quiet girl who longs to escape the confines of her small town, often feels like an outsider -- until she meets Lena, a new girl in town who rides a motorbike, wears leather and is different from everybody else. With the awkward tenderness of youth and innocence, the two girls quickly form a bond and the audience gets to watch as young love unfolds. Authentic performances and cinematography that captures the languor and heat of summertime create a beautiful story of sexual awakening and a girl daring to be different. For those who have traveled beyond the teenage years, it is a reminder of the possibilities life holds.
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While studying Psychology and Communications, Colette Bothof started making short films and
news items. After graduating cum laude, she attended the Dutch Film and Television Academy.
Since 1994, she's been working as a screenwriter and director for film and television and on
various multidisciplinary and transmedia projects.
With her films she has won numerous awards a.o. the Panorama Award at the International Film
Festival Berlin for One Way Ticket to Oblivion, A Golden Calve for best TVfilm for Dwaalgast, at
the Dutch Film Festival a golden Calve and 4 nominations for Black Swans at the Dutch Film
Festival and The Europrix Toptalent Award for the trans-media series Kika and Bob.
Besides her film work Colette has been (a.o.) on the board of the Dutch Directors Guild and
VEVAM (CMO for film/tv), an advisor for the Media Fund, the Dutch Film fund and The Amsterdam
Arts Council and working as a teacher/consultant in screenwriting and directing.
The past three years she has been head of the directing department at the Dutch Film Academy.
She lives in Amsterdam and has two children.
Cast/Featuring: Sigrid ten Napel, Jade Olieberg, Lisa Smit, Ella-June Henrard, Martijn Lakemeijer, Rik Verheye
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