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by Martin Koolhoven


January 1945. During the last winter of World War II, Nazi-occupied Holland lies under a blanket of snow and food is scarce. Living in a village near the town of Zwolle is 13-year-old Michiel. Defiant in his hatred for the Nazis, he is eager to do something for the growing underground Resistance, despite his father's reluctance. Michiel's chance arrives when neighbour Dirk asks him to deliver an envelope on behalf of the Resistance. But Dirk is caught soon after and Michiel witnesses the shooting of the intended recipient by German soldiers. Inside the envelope Michiel finds a map of nearby woods, leading him to a secret foxhole where wounded English pilot, Jack, is hiding in fear of his life.

international title: Winter in Wartime
original title: Oorlogswinter
country: Netherlands
sales agent: High Point Films & TV
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Martin Koolhoven
release date: NL 27/11/2008, BE 03/12/2008
screenplay: Mieke de Jong, Martin Koolhoven, Paul Jan Nelissen
cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody Klaver
cinematography by: Guido van Gennep
film editing: Job ter Burg
art director: Floris Vos
music: Pino Donaggio
producer: San Fu Maltha, Els Vandevorst, Antonino Lombardo
production: Fu Works, Isabella Films
distributor: Benelux film Distributors Netherlands (BFD)
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