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JIJ BENT MIJN VRIEND / You Are My Friend

JIJ BENT MIJN VRIEND / You Are My Friend

The first day at a new school is always nerve-racking, and all the more so for six-year-old Branche. He has come with his parents from Macedonia to the Netherlands, he doesn’t know anyone at the school, and nobody understands Macedonian. Branche is in a special class for children who are still learning Dutch - the same class that previously featured in Petra Lataster-Czisch's and Peter Lataster's film Miss Kiet’s Children. In You Are My Friend, they again deliver a heartwarming film in their characteristic observational style, with the patient camera always at the child’s eye level. (IDFA)

Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster
Petra Lataster-Czisch was born in Dessau, Germany, in 1954, and grew up in East Germany. She studied script writing and film sciences. In 1981 she moved to the Netherlands. Together with her partner, Peter Lataster (born 1955 in Amsterdam), she has been directing documentaries, shorts and dance films since 1989. Many of their works have been awarded, nationally and internationally.

Film Selection: Jij bent mijn vriend (You Are My Friend, 2018, doc) - De kinderen van juf Kiet (Miss Kiet's Children, 2016, doc, CE'17) - De Nood Aan Dansen (The Need To Dance, 2014, doc) - Wakker in een boze droom (Awake In A Bad Dream, 2013, doc)

European Panorama Documentary

Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster

Netherlands 2018
77 minutes
Dutch/Arabic/Macedonian
OmeU

Cinematography
Peter Lataster
Editing
Mario Steenbergen
Sound
Gertjan Miedema
Producers
Peter Lataster

Trailer

Production

L&F Productions
World Sales

NPO Sales

Weltpremiere / World Premiere 
IDFA 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere