OWLS & MICE (UILENBAL)
Netherlands, 2016 / 80 min / German Version (DE) / Adventure, Family film, Musical
A pet mouse helps young Meral to make new friends and learn about nature’s eternal cycle.
Meral is new in town and immediately finds a playmate: a small, grey mouse. As she has her hands full with Peepeep anyways, the hard welcome of her new classmates isn’t that bad. To keep her new friend from getting caught, she takes it along on a school trip. But to her horror, Peepeep ends up in the talons of an owl which Meral blames on her classmates. It is not until they set out into the wild to retrieve the owl pellet with Peepeep's bones that Meral finally understands what friendship is all about.
A lovingly crafted film about mourning, friendship and the eternal cycle of nature, full of songs that help children to find a moment of rest to process what they have seen so far. Amidst its moments of fun and adventure, the film manages to be an educationally valuable tale for children and young adults, taking its audience, their worries and anxieties seriously.
Simone van Dusseldorp was born in Tilburg, Netherlands in 1967. She attended different Dutch Arts schools where she studied photography and audio-visual communication. She eventually ended up studying directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her graduation film “Waterlanders” (1994) won the first prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She directed a number of short films and children’s television series before producing her debut feature “Diep” (2005).
- 2017 – Seks Ding (Short)
- 2017 – Wachtkamer (Short)
- 2016 – Uilenbal
- 2016 – Eng: Younes Bokst (One episode of a TV series)
- 2014 – Het leven volgens Nino
- 2014 – Aap Poot Pies (TV series)
- 2011 – Oma is gek! (Short)
- 2010 – Briefgeheim
- 2010 – Abi II (TV series)
- 2009 – Kikkerdril
- 2008-2009 – Abi (TV series)
- 2008 – Koest (Short)
- 2006 – Het monsterlijk toilet
- 2005 – Diep
- 2004 – Geheimen van het schoolplein (TV series)
- 2001 – Exit (Short)
- 2000 – Het (Short)
- 2000 – Wat nou?! (TV series)
- 2000 – Boris (Short)
- 1998 – Novellen: Gekruiste vingers (Short)
- 1998 – Otje (5 episodes of a TV series)
- 1996 – Priscilla (Short)
- 1996 – Lolamoviola: Gita
- 1994 – Waterlanders (Short)