Director: Frans Weisz
Year of production: 2013
Length: 90 min.
Country of production: Netherlands, Belgium
Language: Dutch (English & Japanese subtitles)
Genre: family, drama
Format: DCP (Tokyo venue)、Blu-Ray (Kyoto venue)
Football is not one of Finn’s passions – much to his father’s chagrin. A strange crow lures the boy away from the sports ground to an enchanted-looking farmhouse. Although the building has long been derelict, on this particular day, Finn encounters a mysterious man there in a black coat and a flowing mane of white hair. When the old Luuk starts playing his violin, Finn’s mother – who died years ago – appears in front of him with a smile, just as he remembers from her photograph. From this moment, Finn wants to learn how to play the violin so he can repeat this magical experience. However, his father is not keen nor is he willing to say why. While his father thinks he is at football, Finn sneaks away to the farmhouse and learns you need both your heart and hands to play music. One day his father discovers Finn’s secret connection to the house. The film’s fairy-tale elements are cleverly interwoven with reality.
International Special Jury’s Feature Film Award at Tokyo Kinder Film Festival 2014
Golden Gryphon Prize – Giffoni Film Festival 2014
Jury Prize – Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival 2014
Nominated for Crystal Bear Award, Generation Kplus Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2014