STORM, THE (DER STORM)
Directed by: Ben Sombogaart
Venue: Royal Netherlands Embassy
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THE STORM (DER STORM) (Netherlands, 2009, 93 min.)
A fictional story unfolds within the historical context of the disastrous flood that engulfed the Dutch coastal province of Zeeland in 1953, now 60 years ago. The flood was caused by a heavy storm that occurred on the night of Saturday, January 31 and morning of February 1, 1953. A national tragedy on a grand scale, it killed more than 1,800 Dutch men, women and children. However, the Dutch did not retreat. They found a way to strengthen their coastlines, built barriers to reduce storm surges and worked with nature to protect their shorelines. The film follows teenage mother Julia, who gets separated from her baby boy when their farmhouse is destroyed by the flood. She is saved from drowning by a young air force lieutenant, who agrees to help look for her little son. A near-hopeless quest ensues. In Dutch with English subtitles. Directed by Ben Sombogaart. Produced by Nijenhuis & de Levita Film & TV B.V. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, 2010 Stony Brook Film Festival, New York.
Introduced by Janneke de Vries, Counselor for the Spatial Planning and the Environment, Royal Netherlands Embassy.
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