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My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess

10-year-old Sam’s summer holiday takes an unexpected turn when he crosses paths with an unusual and fascinating girl.

Dir Steven Wouterlood
Prod Joram Willink, Piet-Harm Sterk
Scr Laura van Dijk
With Sonny van Utteren, Josephine Arendsen, Julian Ras
Sales Picture Tree International
With English subtitles

Sam and his family are spending their summer vacation on a Dutch island. But it’s not going particularly well. Mum keeps suffering from migraines, his brother has a broken ankle and Sam, who has a morbid streak, prepares for the fact that he might outlive his family. But everything changes when he meets Tess, a strong-willed yet vulnerable girl who is prone to the unexpected. She’s hiding a secret and before long things start to go wrong. This Dutch family film, based on the book by Anna Weltz, is a hugely enjoyable drama dealing with themes of self-discovery, mortality and first love.

Justin Johnson

Festival guests

This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:

  • Steven Wouterlood, director.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can’t guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Additional information

Suitable for age 8+ with one scene of strong swear words.

Subtitled in English. An actor will read out the subtitles via headphones for younger audiences.

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