By Martijn Maria SMITS


Second film - Completed 2016

Ben is sent to jail after causing a car accident that kills his girlfriend. When he returns to his hometown after a long time he has to face his in-laws, who gained custody of his daughter. They plan never to let Ben see his little girl again. But Ben is determined to make up for lost time.

& Awards

San Sebastian 2016
New Directors Section
Netherlands Film Festival 2016
Directors Forum
Bergamo Film Meeting 2017
Mostra concorso
Arras Film Festival 2017 2017
European Competition
Festival International du Film d’Aubagne 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Second film
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • DUTCH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Martijn Maria SMITS
    • Writer(s)
    • Martijn Maria SMITS
    • Producer(s)
    • Stienette BOSKLOPPER (Circe Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Ben lives in the little village of Waldstille, in the South of the Netherlands, with his girlfriend Tinka and their
      daughter Cindy. After a fight during carnival he drunkenly drives off with Tinka. Ben causes a car accident that tragically kills Tinka. Ben is sent to jail.
      After a long time Ben returns to Waldstille. Tinka’s parents gained custody of Cindy and still blame Ben for
      causing Tinka’s death. When Tinka’s dad hears that Ben is back in town, he demands that he leaves. Tinka’s father fears that Ben will ruin their lives and tells him that he will never see his little girl again.
      Debbie, Tinka’s sister, tries to mediate and secretly arranges a meeting between Ben and Cindy. Cindy, who can’t remember her father, is reluctant. The three of them visit a fun fair and Debbie leaves Ben and Cindy alone for a minute. Ben feels so pressured that he runs of with Cindy.