My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

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    My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

    Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Germany

    2019

    82 min

    • Dutch

    Drama

    A week of vacation at the beach with the whole family! For Sam, it’s a week full of ruminating on life, death and Tess. He’s haunted by the notion that his brother and his parents will all die someday, most likely before he does, seeing as he’s the youngest. So Sam resolves to prepare for the inevitable as best he can: with daily practice of being alone. It’s a bit unfortunate for him then to meet chaotic and fascinating Tess on the first day of his training as he’d much rather wander through the dunes with her. When she shares her well-kept secret with him, Sam’s world starts to wobble even more. In the summer heat of a Dutch holiday island, the two teenagers dare to ponder life’s biggest questions and come up with their very own answers.

    Awards

    • Special mention (International Jury Generation Kplus) - Berlinale Generation

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Sonny van Utteren
    Josephine Arendsen
    Julian Ras
    Tjebbo Gerritsma
    Suzan Boogaerdt
    Johannes Kienast
    Terence Schreurs
    Jennifer Hoffman
    Hans Dagelet
    Guido Pollemans
    Screenplay
    Laura van Dijk
    Cinematography
    Sal Kroonenberg
    Editing
    Christine Houbiers
    Music
    Franziska Henke
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    BIND

    Press

    Sal Kroonenberg’s scenic cinematography not only makes a visual impact, but reinforces the feature’s thematic journey.

    Sarah Ward, Screendaily

    Steven Wouterlood

    Steven Wouterlood

    Netherlands

    Steven Wouterlood graduated studied film at the Utrecht School of the Arts, where his graduation film LOOSE won the award for Best Student Film at the Dutch Film Festival. He has since worked on multiple commercials as director or assistant director. His short films include TEN SECONDS (2007), winner of the Netherlands' 60 Sec. Film Competition, THE GIRL ACROSS THE STREET (2013), and ANYTING GOES (2013). MY EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER WITH TESS (2019) is his debut feature film.

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