Do Not Hesitate selected for competition Tribeca
Do Not Hesitate is written by critically acclaimed screenwriter Jolein Laarman (Katia’s Sister, Kauwboy*) and cinematographer Nadim Carlsen, known for his work on the Cannes-winning feature Border (2018), is behind the camera.
The film is produced by Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit and Emily Morgan for Lemming Film (NL) and co-produced by Heretic (GR) and NTR (NL), with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Fund Production Incentive, CoBO Fund, Greek Film Center, EKOME and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in collaboration with September Film (NL). International sales are handled by TrustNordisk.
Lemming Film is one of the leading film and TV series production companies in The Netherlands. Their most recent (co-)productions include Pleasure** (2021), Dead and Beautiful* (2021), Monos** (2019), Zama** (2017) and The Lobster* (2015).
Do Not Hesitate features an exciting cast of talented up-and-coming Dutch actors, including Joes Brauers, Spencer Bogaert, Tobias Kersloot and Omar Alwan.
Do Not Hesitate is Shariff Korver’s second feature film. His debut feature The Intruder* (2014) world premiered at Toronto and was subsequently selected for numerous other international festivals, among which First Time Fest in New York, where he won the awards for Best Film and Best Director.
Director, Shariff Korver, comments:
“When I heard that we were selected for Tribeca, I was ecstatic! What an amazing place to show your film to an audience for the very first time. I’m counting the days until the start of the festival, and of course even more so for the premiere of my film.”
Intense war-drama Do Not Hesitate tells the story of a Dutch military convoy on a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. As one of the vehicles suddenly slides off the road, they are forced to split up in the middle of desolate mountains. Three young soldiers, Erik, Roy and Thomas, are commanded to stay behind to guard the vehicle. Frightened by some rustling in the bushes, Thomas accidentally shoots and kills a goat. The rightful owner presents himself, 14-year-old goatherd Khalil, who is furious at the soldiers and refuses to leave the site.
Disastrous events now begin to pile up. When a local caravan ambushes them and steals their water and food supply, the three soldiers are forced to follow Khalil into hostile territory in a desperate search for water. Slowly, paranoia begins to disseminate. Where is Khalil leading them and can they really trust him?
*This film was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund
** This film was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Production Incentive
Source: SEE NL