In my fathers garden


'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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Production year:2015

Release:Februari 2016


Distributor:September Film

Sales:Dutch Features Global Entertainment

Cast & crew


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

Script:Hugo Heinen

Based on:Knielen op een bed Violen van Jan Siebelink

Director:Ben Sombogaart

Co-producer:Sytze van der Laan (Nanook Entertainment) en Zilvermeer Productions & KRO-NCRV



Gouden Kalf, Beste Mannelijke Bijrol - Marcel Hensema - 2016 Gouden Film - 2016


Gouden Kalf, Beste Film - Alain de Levita & Sytze van der Laan - 2016 Gouden Kalf, Beste Regie - Ben Sombogaart - 2016 Gouden Kalf, Beste Vrouwelijke Bijrol - Gaite Jansen - 2016 Gouden Kalf, Beste Muziek - Dirk Brossé - 2016 Gouden Kalf, Beste Production Design - Kurt Loyens - 2016 De Parel - Beste Boekverfilming - 2016

service production

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