DISAPPEARANCE is set in the remote winter landscape of Norway. Roos visits her mother here yearly, but this time it’s different: she is bringing bad news. However, old pain and numerous reproaches keep Roos from sharing anything with her mother. But with the help of her half brother and an old love, the two women reconcile and Roos is ready to take her next and inevitable step.
- INTERFILM Church Prize - Nordic Film Days Lübeck
- Best Artistic Contribution - Cairo IFF
- Cineuropa Award - Les Arcs EFF
- Audience Award, Special Jury Award - Lecce European FF
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- Rifka Lodeizen
- Elsie de Brauw
- Marcus Hanssen
- Jolein Laarman
- Melle van Essen
- Gys Zevenbergen
- Alex Simu
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Koole has created a delicate film, and by keeping its dramatic elements fairly understated, he allows the real drama to emerge and take hold.
Thanks to the captivating performances of both Lodeizen and de Brauw, the film never hits any melodramatic notes, as it always feels realistic and full of substance.
Despite the bleakness of its subject matter, Disappearance leaves behind an unintentional glimmer of hope for the future.
The intimacy that exists within family relationships is an endlessly fascinating form of love that intrigues me. It is bigger than us, and is both positive and negative.
Boudewijn Koole was born in Leiden, Netherlands, where he studied Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. His film LITTLE BIRD (2012) was the Dutch entry for the Oscars. It won the First Feature Award Berlin and European Discovery Award. BEYOND SLEEP (2016) was the opening film at IFFR and won the Dutch Academy Award best director. DISAPPEARANCE 2017 premiered at TIFF and won the Cineuropa Prize in Les Arcs.