Archive of films Hemel / Hemel
Netherlands / Spain
2012, 80 min
Section: Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch
A tale of a young woman’s compulsive and transgressive sexual behavior, Hemel at first feels like a Dutch female version of Shame. But unlike Shame, helmer Sacha Polak’s debut pays equal attention to the complex family bonds that underlie its protagonist’s psychological makeup and inform her actions.
A tale of a young woman’s compulsive and transgressive sexual behavior that features ample shots of its characters’ nether regions, Hemel at first feels like a Dutch female version of Shame. But helmer Sacha Polak’s debut pays equal attention to the complex family bonds that underlie its protag’s psychological makeup and inform her actions. Hemel (which means "Heaven” in Dutch) knows that her bond with her father is rock-solid, though both are unaware that their rapport often feels closer to a de-facto marriage than a healthy parent-offspring relationship. This beautifully lensed look at the moment just before a daughter has to let go of her father belongs to stunning newcomer Hannah Hoekstra. Her Hemel is impulsive and rude, supremely confident but also fragile and needy. Winner, FIPRESCI Award, Berlinale 2012.
About the director
Sacha Polak (b. 1982, Amsterdam) graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2006 with the short film Teer, which screened at numerous international film festivals. Then followed the shorts El Mourrabi (2007) and Drang (2008), and the medium-length film Under the Table (2008). In 2009 she took part in the Directors’ Lab organized by the Binger Filmlab international development center. Hemel is her first feature.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch|
|Screenplay:||Helena van der Meulen|
|Dir. of Photography:||Daniël Bouquet N.S.C.|
|Editor:||Axel Skovdal Roelofs|
|Production:||Circe Films BV|
|Cast:||Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen, Mark Rietman, Barbara Sarafian|
|Contact:||Media Luna New Films UG|