IJswater Films


Marc Bary, Eline van Hagen, Nicky Onstenk & Steven Rubinstein Malamud
Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat 110-2 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
films@ijswater.nl | +31 204421760
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IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’), founded 25 years ago by Marc Bary, is producing high quality features, shorts, documentaries and drama series from both new and established talent for the (inter)national market. After producing shorts, like Berlinale Golden Bear Winner Contact, the very first feature The Polish Bride was nominated for Cannes Critics Choice and a Golden Globe, which was later followed by a.o. Skin (Dutch Academy Award Best Actor/Emmy Nomination), The New World (Emmy Award Best Actress), Supernova (Berlinale Generation), Paradise Trips (Best Cinematography Sopot FF), In Blue (Best Feature Austin IFF, Winner Dutch Academy Awards 2018 Best Director/Screenplay/Actress), French spoken short L'été et tout le reste (Venice Orizzonti / TIFF 2018), short doc Father (IFF Locarno Pardi di domani 2019). Besides Isabel Lamberti’s internationally acclaimed debut La Última Primavera (a.o. winner New Directors Award San Sebastian IFF 2020), new shorts were recently produced by emerging talents Edson da Conceicao, Last Ride, Luca Meisters, Nova and Emma Branderhorst, Spotless. In development / financing: stop-motion animated feature The Wondrous Journey of Little Sophie by Roel & Berend Boorsma (Dutch/Norwegian/Belgian coprod with Pellicola), The Dumped by Malu Janssen (Cinemart Boost NL 2020), English spoken Dutch/Canadian/Belgian coprod In Alaska by Jaap van Heusden (Cannes l’Atelier & iff Ontario Creates TIFF 2019, supported by NL Filmfund & MEDIA Creative Europe), The Man from Rome, written by Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok (Dutch/German coprod, in financing/preproduction stage), Imprisoned (written by Chris Westendorp, directed by Ben Sombogaart) and youth films Charlie, the tree girl (written by Lineke van den Boezem & Matthijs van Wensveen) and Just Nick (written by Jeanine Cronie, directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk). Recently broadcasted: pre-school children’s series Kabam!

Team: Marc Bary - founding owner/producer, Eline van Hagen - project supervisor, Nicky Onstenk - junior producer and Steven Rubinstein Malamud - independent producer.


Director: Jaap van Heusden. Screenwriters: Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok. Country: NL/DE. Co-producer: EO (NL) & Fiction Park (DE). Status: financing/pre-production. Sort: feature-length film, Dutch, English and Italian spoken. Genre: drama. Distribution Benelux: Gusto Entertainment. Distribution Germany: Missing Films. Financiers: NL Film Fund, NL Production Incentive, CoBo Fund, NRW Film Fund, German Federal Filmfund.

The sceptical priest Filippo (37) is sent by the Vatican to investigate and debunk a crying statue of the Virgin Mary in a border community in Limburg, where four years ago a boy shot and killed eleven of his schoolmates. Attracted and unsettled by the mute young woman Térèse (19) who discovered the tears, he gets entangled in the village’s grief and a series of apparently miraculous events that bring down his certainties about his calling as a priest and as human being.

Jaap van Heusden (1979) writes and directs films that resonate the great themes of our time (immigration, mental health and the implosion of the great institutions) by telling deeply personal stories that are delivered by exceptional actors. His films were in competition at Tribeca, Cannes, AFI Fest, Rome, IDFA, SXSW, Melbourne, Tehran, Rotterdam, the Student Academy Awards and many other festivals worldwide, picking up prices along the way. Feature films: Win / Win (Prix Europe Best Screenplay 2010), The New World (Signis Award, Emmy Award Best Actress 2014), In Blue (winner Dutch Academy Awards Best Director / Best Screenplay / Best Actress 2018). In Alaska was selected for Cannes’ l’Atelier 2019.


Director & screenwriter: Isabel Lamberti. Co-writer: Lenina Ungari. Cast: the Gabarre-Mendoza family. Country: NL/ES. Co-producer: Tourmalet Films (ES). Status: completed. Sort: feature-length film, Spanish spoken. Genre: family drama. Distribution Benelux: Cherry Pickers (released Oct 29). Int. Sales & festivals: Loco Films (FRA). Financiers: NL Film Fund, NL Production Incentive, ICAA - Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Film Madrid, selected for Torino Filmlab. Festival selections a.o.: 68th San Sebastian IFF 2020 (world premiere, Winner New Directors Award), ACID Cannes IFF, Zurich IFF, Reykjavik IFF, Festival Film les Arcs – winner Award for Best Acting. Award, Valladolid IFF, Special Jury Award at MedFilm Festival, 2020.

While the uncertainty rises over the continuity of the illegal Madrilenian district La Cañada Real, the film follows the daily life of members of the Gabarre-Mendoza family, each member struggling in their own way with their life being in transition.

Isabel Muruzábal Lamberti graduated in 2015 at the Netherlands Film Academy with Volando Voy, (San Sebastian FF Torino Award). In 2017 she made her 1st short Amor (a.o. Uppsala Int Short FF, Alcine Madrid FF, Winner Best live action Zubroffka Int Short FF). In 2018 she directed the Dutch remake of the Norwegian teen drama web NTR series Skam. Her short documentary Father, also produced by IJswater Films, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2019. On October 1st 2020 her feature La Última Primavera premiered & was released in The Netherlands, followed by the Spanish release in March 2021.