logo 2012

GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2012 - 14.24 July

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2012

The Netherlands. Lieke and Milad, both 11, are great pals. Milad lives with parents and two sisters: they fled Iran when he was very young. Lieke lives with her mum: her dad is French and lives in Belgium. Then something terrible happens: Milad and his family have to go back to Iran as their residence permit is turned down. Lieke goes to The Hague and sends Milad’s family dossier to a journalist, but without success. Milad’s family is transported to a detention centre and Milad disappears: Lieke finds him in their hiding place. They run away, go to Lieke’s dad and find out that he was just released from prison and he is not the right person to take care of them. When Milad discovers that his family is about to be transported to Iran, he and Lieke go back to the Netherlands. Through the media attention raised by the story of Milad and Lieke, the question has risen whether or not Iran is safe enough for Milad and his family.


Olanda. Lieke e Milad, undicenni, sono grandi amici. Milad vive con i genitori e due sorelle: sono fuggiti dall’Iran quando Milad era piccolo. Lieke vive con la madre: il padre è francese e vive in Belgio. Poi accade qualcosa di orribile: Milad e la sua famiglia devono tornare in Iran perché il loro permesso di soggiorno è stato rifiutato. Lieke va a L’Aia, invia a un giornalista il dossier sulla famiglia di Milad: tutto invano. La famiglia di Milad è portata in un centro di detenzione, e Milad scompare. Lieke lo trova nel loro nascondiglio: i due fuggono, raggiungono il padre di Lieke, scoprono che è appena uscito di prigione e che non è la persona giusta cui chiedere aiuto. Quando Milad viene a sapere che la sua famiglia sta per essere estradata, i due amici tornano in Olanda. Sull’onda dell’interesse acceso nei media dalla storia di Milad e Lieke, tutti si domandano se l’Iran sia un posto sicuro per Milad e la sua famiglia.


Original Title Blijf!
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Production Year 2011
Nationality Netherlands
Directed by Lourens Blok
Screenplay Mirjam Oomkes, Willemine van der Wiel
Director of photography Steve Walker
Editor Jasper Quispel
Production Design Jan Rutgers
Costume Design Fanny Kieft
Sound Leo Franssen
Music Maarten Spruijt
Main cast Mexx Nachbar (Lieke)
Ezzaldeen Ali (Milad)
Maike Meijer (Sandra)
Axel Daeseleire (Luc)
Egbert-Jan Weeber (Chris)
Farhad Foroutanian (Omid)
Produced by Hans Pos, Maria Peters, Dave Schram


Lourens-BlokLourens Blok
Born 1978. After graduating from the Lyceum "Graffic" in Utrecht, he was admitted to the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. In 2006 he graduated with the short film LOVE, DEATH & AIR GUITAR (LIEFDE, DOOD & LUCHTGITAAR), which was nominated for the Student Academy Award. In 2008 he directed his first feature film, THE SEVEN OF DARAN: THE BATTLE OF PAREO ROCK (DE ZEVEN VAN DARAN, DE STRIJD OM PAREO ROTS), which was screened at GFF 2008.


Lourens Blok
Nato nel 1978. Dopo aver frequentato il Liceo "Graffic" di Utrecht, viene ammesso alla Dutch Film and Television Academy di Amsterdam, dove si diploma nel 2006 con il cortometraggio LOVE, DEATH & AIR GUITAR (LIEFDE, DOOD & LUCHTGITAAR), che conquista la candidatura allo Student Academy Award, il premio Oscar per gli studenti di cinema. Nel 2008 dirige il suo primo lungometraggio, THE SEVEN OF DARAN: THE BATTLE OF PAREO ROCK (DE ZEVEN VAN DARAN, DE STRIJD OM PAREO ROTS), presentato in concorso al GFF 2008.


festival contact

Shooting Star Film Company
Prinsengracht 546, 1017 KK Amsterdam – The Netherlands
phone +31 206247272
fax +31 206268533
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
distribuzione internazionale/world sales
Delphis Films
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.