IJswater Films

Marc Bary,Steven Rubinstein Malamud, Eline van Hagen & Nicky Onstenk
Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat 110-2 | 1079 LD Amsterdam
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Amsterdam based production company IJswater Films (‘Icewater Films’), is producing high quality features, shorts, documentaries and TV Drama by emerging or established talent for almost 25 years. Titles include a.o. The Polish Bride (Cannes Critics Choice, Golden Globe Nominee), Contact (Berlinale Golden Bear Best Short), The New World (Emmy Award Best Actress), Supernova (Berlinale Generation), Paradise Trips (Best Cinematography Sopot FF). Recent work NL/BE/RO coprod In Blue (Best Feature Austin IFF, Winner 3 Dutch Academy Awards 2018), French spoken short L'été et tout le reste (Venice Orizzonti / TIFF 2018), short doc Father (IFF Locarno Pardi di domani 2019). Features in development a.o.: stop-motion animated The Wondrous Journey of Little Sophie by Roel & Berend Boorsma (Cinekid Directors LAB 2020, coprod Pellicola, Qvisten Media NO, Lunanime-Beast Animation BE), The Dumped by Malu Janssen (Cinemart BOOST NL 2020), English spoken In Alaska by Jaap van Heusden, coprod Lithium Studios CAN / Caviar BE (Cannes Cinefondation l’Atelier / iff Ontario Creates TIFF 2019), supported by The Netherlands Filmfund and with a MEDIA Creative Europe Development grant.

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


La Última Primavera | Last Days of Spring (before: El azul bajo sus pies/Beyond the blue bridge)

Director & screenwriter: Isabel Lamberti. Co-writer: Lenina Ungari. Co-producer: Tourmalet Films (ES). Status: in post-production, shot on location in Madrid. Sort: feature-length film, Spanish spoken. Genre: family drama. Torino Film Lab 2016, HFM/Cinemart BOOST NL 2017/2018. Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, NL Film Production Incentive, Dutch Cultural Media Fund, ICAA Spain, Film Madrid. La Última Primavera is selected for ACID Cannes 2020.

In a shanty town near Madrid, the inhabitants are forced to leave their self-build homes because the land they live on is sold. While this process slowly unfolds, the different members of the Spanish family Gabarre Mendoza struggle, each in their own way, with their lives 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.

The Man from Rome

Screenwriters: Jaap van Heusden & Rogier de Blok, Director: Jaap van Heusden. Status: in development. Sort: feature-length film, Dutch/English/Italian spoken. Genre: psychosocial drama. Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

The sceptical priest Filippo (36) 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 who discovered the tears, Filippo gets caught up in the village’s grief and a series of apparently miraculous events which gradually and inevitably force him to choose between his head and his heart.

Jaap van Heusden (1979) graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2005 with A complicated story, simply told (Shortlist Student Academy Awards, Cannes Cinefondation), he has made several award winning films since then, a.o.: Anderman (short documentary, Tribeca IFF), Win/Win (1st feature, 30 Film Festivals, IFFR Bright Future 2010, Best Actor Brooklyn FF), The New World (45 Festivals, Emmy Award Best Actress 2014, Best Film/Actress/Actor Tehran IFF), Behind the blue screen (SXSW Digital Domain 2015), In Blue (Winner Dutch Academy Awards 2018 Best Director/Screenplay/Actress, Best Narrative Feature Award Austin IFF). With IJswater he also develops the international coprod In Alaska (selection L’Atelier Cannes & Ontario Creates TIFF 2019).