In my fathers garden

A new film based on the novel Kneeling on a bed of violets by Jan Siebelink
Release: February 2016

'In my father's garden' is a poignant love story and a classic tragedy about two people who love one another with all their heart. A moving film about love, faith and choices. The film tells the love story between Hans (Barry Atsma) and Margje (Noortje Herlaar) – sweethearts since school. Hans grows up in a strict religious environment, with a brutal father. He runs away from home at a young age and studies horticulture. After World War II, he starts a nursery in a village in the province of Gelderland. At first, he and Margje enjoy a happy family life and boundless love for one another. They also experience problems, however, with keeping the business going. One day, Hans meets Jozef Mieras (Marcel Hensema), who talks to him about God. After Hans hears God’s voice in a vision, he becomes drawn ever deeper into his faith – a faith that will now determine the course of his life, and that of his family. The rifts between the different family members become greater and greater until Hans is completely in the grip of the religious sect. Yet Margje’s unconditional love for him survives, in spite of all.



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Barry Atsma
Noortje Herlaar
Marcel Hensema
Willem Voogd
Bert Luppes
Gaite Jansen
Nils Verkooijen
Bart Reuten
Finn Schuitema
Peter Bolhuis
Manou Kersting


In co-production with Sytze van der Laan (Nanook Entertainment) and Zilvermeer Productions

Hugo Heinen
Ben Sombogaart
September Film

In collaboration with KRO/NCRV

Stills: Elmer van der Marel


Golden Calf Best Supporting Actor - Marcel Hensema

Golden Calf Competition 2016
Best Film - Alain de Levita & Sytze van der Laan
Best Director - Ben Sombogaart
Best Supporting Actress - Gaite Jansen
Best Music - Dirk Brossé
Best Production Design - Kurt Loyens

De Parel - Beste Boekverfilming 

Golden Film - 100.000 admissions (March, 2016)