More than 400,000 visitors have now seen the film The Resistance Banker in the cinema since its release on 8 March 2018, meaning the film has achieved Golden Film status. On Saturday evening, the award was presented to the Van Hall family, director Joram Lürsen and producer Sytze van der Laan by lead actor Barry Atsma. The Golden Film is awarded by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Festival in cooperation with L’OR ESPRESSO, main sponsor of the Netherlands Film Festival. The Resistance Banker is the first film to have reached Golden Film status this year.
About The Resistance Banker
In the occupied Netherlands during World War II, banker Walraven van Hall (Barry Atsma) is asked to use his financial contacts to help the Dutch resistance. He doesn’t have to think about it for long. With his brother Gijs van Hall (Jacob Derwig), he comes up with a risky plan to take out huge loans and use the money to finance the resistance. When this proves not enough, the brothers set about committing the biggest banking fraud in Dutch history, taking tens of millions of guilders out of the Dutch Central Bank – right under the noses of the Nazis. But the bigger the operation gets, the more people it involves. And every day brings a bigger risk of someone making that one mistake that could put an end to the whole business – and the lives of the resistance bankers.
Directed by Joram Lürsen (The Longing, A Noble Intention, Love is All), the screenplay was written by Marieke van der Pol & Thomas van der Ree. The principal roles were played by Barry Atsma, Jacob Derwig, Pierre Bokma, Fockeline Ouwerkerk and Raymond Thiry.
The film was produced by NL Film in co-production with EO and Zilvermeer Productions. The film was made possible thanks to contributions from the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and the CoBo Fund. The Resistance Banker is distributed by Dutch FilmWorks and screens in 131 cinemas.