IJswater Films

Marc Bary & Steven Rubinstein Malamud
Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat 110-2 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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For 20+ years IJswater Films is (co)producing high quality award-winning feature films like; The Polish Bride (Cannes Critics Choice), Win/Win (Best Actor Brooklyn FF), The New World (Emmy Award Best Actress), Supernova (Berlinale Generation), As if I’m Crazy (Best Narrative Feature Footcandle FF, US) and Belgian coprods 22nd of May (TIFF) and Paradise Trips (Best Camera Sopot FF). Recent titles: Navy romcom The Heart of Hadiah Tromp (Best Foreign Film Honolulu FF) and In Blue (Rome Filmfest, Winner 3 Dutch Academy Awards; Best Director/Screenplay/Actress). Also producer of TV-drama, both for adult and youth audience, documentaries and short fiction, like earlier work Contact (Berlinale Golden Bear Best Short) and recently French spoken L’été et tout le reste (Venice IFF, Toronto IFF, Winner Best Dutch Short 2018).


In Alaska - inspired by true events
Director & Screenwriter: Jaap van Heusden. Co-production: Volterra Group (NL), Caviar (BE). Status: in development/financing (2nd draft script available), looking for Canadian co-producer. Sort: feature-length film, English spoken. Genre: drama, road movie, coming-of-age. Backed by the Netherlands Film Fund programme Talent in International Context and selected for Trans Atlantic Partners 2018.

17 year old Woody from a tiny village in Alaska is so depressed he wants to end his life. Instead he does something epically stupid: he shoots the oil pipeline that crosses the state and overnight becomes a most wanted criminal, hunted by special agent Susan Tarheel (53). While Woody has to run for his life, he’s learning for the first time what it truly means to be alive.

Following the internationally acclaimed Win/Win (Prix Geneva Europe Script Award), The New World (Melbourne FF Runner Up Award, Monterrey FF Best Feature & Audience Award, International Emmy Award Best Actress) and In Blue (Rome IFF, Goa/India IFF, Winner 3 Dutch Academy Awards) and all produced by IJswater, this is Jaap van Heusden’s 4th feature length film. This gripping story will be shot entirely on location in Alaska and the Northern Canadian territories.

Beyond the blue bridge | El azul bajo sus pies
Director & screenwriter: Isabel Lamberti (AMOR). Co-writer: Lenina Ungari. Selection BoostNL @ HFM 2017 & Cinemart 2018 and Torino Film Lab 2016. Co-producer: Tourmalet Films (ES). Status: in pre-production/financing (script available), looking for world sales. Sort: feature-length film, Spanish spoken. Genre: arthouse drama. Backed by Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund, NL Film Production Incentive, ICAA, Comunidad de Madrid. Distribution Benelux: Cinemien.

While the uncertainty rises over the continuity of the illegal Madrilenian district La Cañada Real, this story follows the daily life of a Spanish gypsy family, each member struggling with their lives in transition and their sense of belonging in their own way.

Beyond the blue bridge (Spanish working title El azul bajo sus pies) is set in an existing gypsy community, that is under threat of being relocated. The family Gabarre-Mendoza are actual inhabitants in this suburb of Madrid. Working with non-actors and a documentary aesthetic, combined with fictionalized storylines, places this fiction film within the neo-realistic tradition.

Young emerging filmmaker Isabel Lamberti debuted with Amor, selected for the film festivals of Alcine Madrid, Uppsala, Prague Short, Küstendorf, BUFF, Short Waves, Dresden and Zubroffka (Best Live Action Award 2018). Recently Isabel directed the TV-series Skam and IJswater is currently in post-producing on her short documentary Father, coprod with public broadcaster KRO-NCRV and backed by a.o. NL Film Fund.