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Cobain wanders alone through the streets in search of his mother. On the way he meets old acquaintances, staff from the child protection service and the methadone distribution centre. He is torn between the prospect of a new life in a foster family, a home and a sense of security, and his fears for his mother - who everyone else has abandoned. In his acting debut, Bas Keizer masterfully expresses the tenderness and anger, anxiety and longing felt by Cobain. Quietly radical, with desaturated colours underscored by sparse guitar riffs, Nanouk Leopold's film captivates the viewer in a tale of a modern hero who is forced to grow up much too young. (Berlinale)

Nanouk Leopold
Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1968, she studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. She worked as a director in Dutch television before her feature film debut “Îles flottantes”. The Crossing Europe Tribute 2011 was dedicated to her and Stienette Bosklopper. “Cobain” is her sixth feature film.

Film Selection: Cobain (2017) — Boven is het stil (It’s All So Quiet, 2013, CE’13) — Brownian Movement (2010, CE’11) — Wolfsbergen (2007, CE’11) — Guernsey (2005, CE’06, CE’11) — La grande guerre (2002, CE’11) — Îles flottantes (2000, CE’11) — Weekend (1998, short, CE’11)

European Panorama Fiction 2018

Nanouk Leopold

Netherlands / Belgium / Germany 2017
DCP / color
94 minutes
Dutch / English

Frank van den Eeden
Katharina Wartena
Andreas Hildebrandt
Harry de Wit
Bas Keizer, Naomi Velissariou, Wim Opbrouck, Dana Marineci, Cosmina Stratan
Stienette Bosklopper, Lisette Kelder



Circe Films, A Private View, Coin Film, Vpro Television, The Film Kitchen
World Sales

Beta Cinema

Rechte Österreich / Austrian Rights
W-film Distribution

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2018 

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Award – Jugendjury / Youth Jury 2018
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