Dutch Oscars Submission 2022: Narcosis
Narcosis is Martijn de Jong’s debut feature and he wrote the screenplay alongside Laura van Dijk. Thekla Reuten and Fedja van Huêt are in the lead roles. Internationally acclaimed actress Thekla Reuten also starred in Oscar nominated Dutch feature Twin Sisters (2002) and Fedja van Huêt was the leading actor in Character which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1998.
Produced by Trent of OAK Motion Pictures, whose (co-)production credits include The Wound* (John Trengove), Holiday (Isabella Eklöf) and Speak No Evil** (Christian Tafdrup) Narcosis is a co-production with NTR (NL) and is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and Netherlands Film Production Incentive. The film will celebrate its world premiere during the Netherlands Film Festival in September and will be released in national cinemas in October. International sales will be handled by Coccinelle Film Sales.
Narcosis tells a story full of life about love and loss. A close-knit family is disrupted when the father fails to resurface during a professional dive. No funeral, no goodbye, just a house full of memories. Burdened by the elusive loss, Merel evades her husband’s death and everything related to it. Her young children become entangled in their search for answers, eventually bringing the family to a hard stand. Merel has no choice but to face the loss in her own unique way, to start a new life together. Watch the Narcosis trailer here.
*Film is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund
**Film is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and Production Incentive
Source: SEE NL