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Summer (Zomer)
Directed by
Colette Bothof

The Netherlands / 2014 / 89

New York Premiere
In Dutch with English subtitles

Screening Times and Venues:

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Colette Bothof, Bruce Weiss
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
Producer(s): Rene Goossens, Annemiek van Gorp
Director(s): Colette Bothof
Screenwriter(s): Marjolein Bierens
Cinematographer(s): Goert Giltay
Editor(s): Michiel Reichwein
Production Designer(s): Vincent de Pater
Composer(s)/Music: Fons Merkies
Sound Designer(s): Mark Glynne
Courtesy of: Wolfe Releasing
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