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My Extraordinary Summer with Tess
Original title:
Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess
Slovenian title:
Nenavaden teden s Tesso
Section:
KINOBALON
Country, year:
Netherlands, 2019
Length:
82
Directed by:
Steven Wouterlood
Screenplay:
Laura van Dijk
Cinematography:
Sal Kroonenberg
Music:
Franziska Henke
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Dutch,German
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Cast:
Sonny van Utteren (Sam), Josephine Arendsen (Tess), Julian Ras (Jore), Tjebbo Gerritsma (oče), Suzan Boogaerdt (mama)
Awards:
Berlinale 2019 (Special Jury Mention), KinoKino Zagreb 2019 (Audience Award), New York International Chidlren's FF 2019 (Grand Prize Audience Award for Feature Film), Kristiansand FF 2019 (The Childrens's Jury Award), Zlin (Best Film), Giffoni 2019,

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Description:
for children aged 9+ (in Dutch with Slovenian subtitles)

A heart-warming tale about coming of age and friendship based on the eponymous novel by Anna Woltz. After its Berlinale premiere My Extraordinary Summer with Tess became this year's festival favourite.
Afraid of being left alone as the youngest of the family, Sam begins his own made up aloneness training during his holiday on the Dutch island of Terschelling. But by meeting the elusive Tess, who keeps a big secret, he is drawn into an adventure that makes him realize that he should cherish his family instead of fleeing. Sam makes a drastic decision that puts his special friendship with Tess at risk and will change Tess' life forever.

"In my films, I strive for a certain authenticity, a sense of originality, and as far as possible, try to show the way a child perceives the world. I also want to show the magnificence of landscape and to let people feel that Sam is part of a greater whole." (Steven Wouterlood)