IJswater Films

Marc Bary, Steven Rubinstein Malamud, Roddia Rumahloine
Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat 110-2 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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For 20+ years IJswater Films is (co)producing high quality award-winning feature films, shorts, docs and TV drama, like: The Polish Bride (Cannes Critics Choice), Win/Win (Best Actor Brooklyn FF), Belgian coprods 22nd of May (TIFF) and Paradise Trips (Best Camera Sopot FF), The New World (Emmy Award Best Actress), Supernova (Berlinale Generation), As if I’m Crazy (Jury Award Noida FF), Contact (Berlinale Golden Bear Best Short) and latest; In Blue (Best Narrative Feature Austin FF, sales: WIDE). Completed: The Heart of Hadiah Tromp (Navy romcom), in post-production: French spoken short L’été et tout le reste, set in Corsica.


In Alaska
Director & Screenwriter: Jaap van Heusden. Co-production: Volterra Group (NL), Caviar (BE), Gearshift Films (CA), Status: in development/financing (1st draft script available). Sort: feature-length film, English spoken. Genre: drama, road movie. Backed by Netherlands Film Fund | Talent in International Context.

17 year old Woody from a tiny village in Alaska is so depressed he wants to end his life. Instead he does something epically stupid: he shoots the oil pipeline that crosses the state and overnight becomes a most wanted criminal, hunted by special agent Susan Tarheel (53). While Woody has to run for his life, he’s learning for the first time what it truly means to be alive.

Following the internationally acclaimed Win/Win (Prix Geneva Europe Script Award), The New World (Melbourne FF Runner Up Award, Monterrey FF Best Feature & Audience Award, International Emmy Award) and In Blue (Rome IFF, Goa/India IFF) and all produced by IJswater, this is Jaap van Heusden’s 4th feature length film. This gripping story will be shot entirely on location in Alaska/Canadian territories.

Beyond the blue bridge | El azul bajo sus pies
Director & screenwriter: Isabel Lamberti (AMOR). Co-writer: Lenina Ungari. Selection BoostNL @ HFM 2017 & Cinemart 2018 and Torino Film Lab 2016. Co-producer: Tourmalet Films (ES). Status: in financing (script available). Sort: feature-length film, Spanish spoken. Genre: arthouse drama. Backed by Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

While the uncertainty rises over the continuity of the illegal Madrilenian district La Cañada Real, this story follows the daily life of a Spanish gypsy family, each member struggling with their lives in transition and their sense of belonging in their own way.

Beyond the blue bridge (Spanish working title El azul bajo sus pies) is set in an existing gypsy community, that is under threat of being relocated. The family Gabarre-Mendoza are actual inhabitants in this suburb of Madrid. Working with non-actors and a documentary aesthetic, combined with fictionalized storylines, places this fiction film within the neo-realistic tradition.

Young emerging filmmaker Isabel Lamberti, debuted recently with Amor, which was selected for the film festivals of Alcine Madrid, Uppsala, Prague Short, Küstendorf, BUFF, Short Waves and Dresden. Besides that short fiction, IJswater is currently producing her 1st short documentary Father.