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by Jaap van Heusden


In the stark confines of Amsterdam airport, 39-year-old Mirte works as a cleaner for a detention facility where new asylum seekers are held for 10 days before being released. Troubled and wary, Mirte's safe routine is shattered by the arrival of charismatic West African Luc. As the two damaged souls fence around one another, a mutual curiosity, possibly love, slowly begins to bloom – but both know that in 10 days everything will change.

international title: The New World
original title: De Nieuwe Wereld
country: Netherlands
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Jaap van Heusden
screenplay: Rogier de Blok, Jaap van Heusden
cast: Bianca Krijgsman, Isaka Sawadogo, Ali Ben Horsting, Tarikh Janssen, Janni Goslinga, Saskia Temmink, Mimoun Oaïssa
cinematography by: Jan Moeskops
film editing: Jasper Quispel
art director: Jorien Sont, Mares Thomassen
costumes designer: Alette Kraan
producer: Marc Bary
production: IJswater Films, NTR
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main awards/selection

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013 
Nederlands Film Festival 2013 
Warsaw Film Festival 2013 
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 2013
Special Mention Jury
Washington DC International Film Festival USA 2013
Winner: SIGNIS Award
Prix Europe 2013Nomination: Best European Feature Film

Fajr International Film Festival, Teheran Iran 2014
International Emmy AwardsWinner: Best Actress


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