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by Dennis Bots


Conflict rages across Europe and the Nazis have occupied the Netherlands, but for twelve-year-old best friends Tuur and Lambert, not much seems to have changed: they still go to school each day, and still play "War" with their wooden guns in the forest and underground caves just outside their small village. But the realities of the conflict soon intrude on their familiar world: Lambert is bullied over his family's affiliation with the local Nazi party, while Tuur's parents and brother are mysteriously quiet on the subject of a resistance group rumoured to be developing in the town. When the boys begin to compete for the attentions of Maartje, a young newcomer to their class, their bond is put to the test. And when Maartje grows closer to Tuur, Lambert's jealousy sets in motion a series of events that will alter all three children's lives.

international title: Secrets of War
original title: Oorlogsgeheimen
country: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
sales agent: Sola Media GmbH
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Dennis Bots
film run: 94'
release date: NL 03/07/2014, LU 01/10/2014, ES 8/01/2016
screenplay: Karen van Holst Pellekaan
cast: Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Pippa Allen, Loek Peters, Eva Duijvestein, Nils Verkooijen, Annemarie Prins, Stefan de Walle, René van 't Hof, Luc Feit
cinematography by: Rolf Dekens
film editing: Peter Alderliesten
art director: Kurt Loyens
music: André Dziezuk
producer: Reinier Selen, Harro van Staverden, David-Jan Bijker, Donato Rotunno, Martin Dewitte, Brigitte Baake
production: Rinkel Film B.V., Bijker Productions, Tarantula Luxembourg, Living Stone, Kro Televisie
distributor: European Dreams Factory

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2014 

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