Halal

Gijs Kerbosch, Christine Anderton, Max de Wolf
Prinsengracht 546 | 1017 KK Amsterdam
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HALAL is a production company and photography agency that redefines moments of popular culture through radical approaches to storytelling. Consisting of a fiction, documentary, photography and commercial department, the company’s DNA lies in thinking outside conventional narratives.

Founded in 2005, HALAL is owned and run by four partners. The fiction department is headed by Gijs Kerbosch, the original founder of HALAL.The department has received appraisals globally from the likes of Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and BFI (to mention some). Many benchmark productions have gained a cult-like following globally, such as Prince (2015), Necktie Youth (2016), or earlier successes as the infamous Dutch TV-series New Kids - which was reworked into two major box-office hit feature films in The Netherlands and Germany.


Plantasia
Director & Screenwriter: Sam de Jong. Cast: tba. Country: NL. Co-producer: tba. Status: in development. Duration: 90 – 120 min. Genre: Drama. Distribution/Sales: tba.

Plantasia is a fairy tale about a young boy, David (13), who wants to save his parents’ marriage by buying them a bigger house. He lives in a village on the biggest road in East Africa that connects the port of Mombasa to the rest of the continent. The fast cash that is to be made from poaching in the neighbouring elephant sanctuary seems to be the only way to achieve his goal. When an American philanthropic security expert arrives, David discovers a way out of his predicament.


Stranger’s Arms
Director: Emma Westenberg. Screenwriter: Emma Westenberg, Valerie Kamen. Cast: Eloisa Santos, Ion Bertea, Tessa Gourin. Country: NL/US. Status: post-production. Duration: 90 – 120 min. Genre: Drama, coming age. Distribution/Sales: tba.

Three friends on the brink of young adulthood reunite in their hometown one summer and decide to spend their days investigating a mysterious cold case murder that rocked their town in the 80s. Their amateur investigation falls fruitless but instead brings them closer to finding out the truth about themselves, as well as uncovering some disturbing realities about the culture and characters of the town they grew up in.