On 23 May 2010, 21-year-old Tonio van der Heijden (played by Chris Peters) was hit by a car and taken in a critical condition to hospital, where he died. A tragic event that drastically changed the lives of his parents (played by Pierre Bokma and Rifka Lodeizen), who watched their only son pass away in intensive care. Reminded of his life by everything around and inside them, Tonio’s life left a legacy of phantom pain for his parents who mourn, and struggle to prevent their own lives from being dragged into a downward spiral of sorrow.

A.F. Th. van der Heijden based his novel TONIO (de Bezige Bij) on the tragis accident that took the life of his only son. The book won the Libris Prize and the NS Publieksprijs (Public Award), and its author the prestigious P.C. Hoof Award. Over 200,000 copies of the book have been sold to date.

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Production year:2016

Release:22 september 2016

Duration:100 minuten

Distributor:September Film

Sales:Dutch Features Global Entertainment

Cast & crew


Beppie Melissen Chris Peters Henri Garcin Pauline Greidanus Pierre Bokma Rifka Lodeizen Stefanie van Leersum

Script:Hugo Heinen

Based on:TONIO van A.F. Th. van der Heijden

Director:Paula van der Oest

Co-producer:Sytze van der Laan (Nanook Entertainment) & NTR



Gouden Film - 2016 Gouden Kalf, Beste Montage - Sander Vos - 2017


Nederlandse Oscar inzending - 2016

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