Winter in Wartime

March 18th 2011
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody Klaver, Anneke Blok, Mees Peijnenburg, Jesse van Driel, Dan van Husen, Ad van Kempen, Tygo Gernandt, Ben Ramakers, Tibo Vandenborre, Emile Jansen, Sascha Flengte, Alja Hoeksema, Iris Hadderingh, Neal Adrian Lewis
  • Director: Martin Koolhoven
  • Writers: Mieke de Jong, Martin Koolhoven, Paul Jan Nelissen, Jan Terlouw
  • Producers: San Fu Maltha, Els Vandevorst
  • Co Producer: Antonino Lombardo
  • Associate Producer: Jan Vrints
  • Art Direction: Darius Bastys
  • Castings: Elske Falkena, Rebecca van Unen
  • Costume Design: Alette Kraan
  • D.O.P.: Guido van Gennep
  • Editor: Job ter Burg
  • Makeups: Diana Dreesen, Bianca van der Steen
  • Music: Pino Donaggio
  • Production Design: Floris Vos


Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Lithuania; Netherlands
  • MPAA Warning: Some language
  • Production Budget: €4 million
  • Production Companies: Isabella Films B.V., Fu Works, Isabella Films, Max TV, Prime Time

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Voted best Dutch movie of 2008 by the Dutch Press.

Volkskrant readers voted the movie in the top 10 of best movies of 2008, becoming the highest Dutch movie in the list.

The Netherlands' official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. Made the shortlist of nine films.

One of 2008's biggest hits in its native Netherlands, where it outgrossed Twilight (2008/I) and The Dark Knight (2008).

The author of the original novel 'Oorlogswinter', Jan Terlouw, was formerly the Dutch deputy Prime Minister.

The novel was originally aimed more at children. Director Martin Koolhoven decided to make the film with a more mature audience in mind.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 November 2008: Netherlands
  • 3 December 2008: Belgium
  • 12 February 2010: UK
  • 17 January 2011 : Germany