Programme

Storm (Storm - Letters van vuur)

Dennis Bots

Netherlands , 2017 / 97 min / German version / Historical Drama, Adventure

Premiere
In the presence of the film’s crew.

In a world set afire, one boy has the key to freedom.

Set in 1512, Letter of Fire tells the story of Storm, the twelve-year-old son of an Antwerp printer, Klaas Voeten, who secretly prints banned texts. When Klaas decides to print a forbidden letter that could stop the corruption in the city, he is caught and arrested. Storm manages to escape with the original letter.  He is outlawed and becomes the centre of a manhunt led by the new Inquisitor. Aided by the orphan Marieke, Storm escapes into the city sewers and finds himself in a race against time to rescue his father from burning at the stake. But whom can he trust in a world fallen into religious fanaticism?

The central theme of the film is free speech, more relevant than ever today with the rise of social media. The Inquisition, the stake and the early days of the printing press are complex themes for children that Dennis Bots manages to convey easily by using Storm as a hero with relatable motives.

 

Producers Nicolas Steil and Harro van Staverden, as well as the director Dennis Bots are going to be present for the premiere of "Storm" on 11th March.

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Cast & Credits
Cast 
Yourick van Wageningen, Laura Verlinden, Egbert Jan Weeber, Maarten Heijmans, Peter Van den Begin, Angela Schijf, Loek Peters, Luc Feit, Tom Jansen, Tibo Vandenborre
Screenplay 
Karin van Holst Pellekaan
Cinematographer 
Rolf Dekens
Sound 
François Dumont, Carlo Thoss, Loïc Collignon
Production 
Phanta Vision, Bulletproof Cupid, Iris Productions
Distribution 
(Rightsholder:) Iris Productions
Biography

Born in Kitwe, Zambia, in 1974, Dennis Bots was raised in the Dutch town of Gemert. He graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam in 1996. He began working for TV series, a genre which he has never given up (“Project Orpheus”, 2016; “Celblok H”, 2014). Since 2005 he has dedicated himself to children films, starting with his first feature-length film “Zoop in Africa. In the following ten years, he has directed another six films for young people, including “Secrets of War” shown at the Luxembourg City Film Festival in 2015.

Filmography
  • 2017, Storm: Letters van Vuur
  • 2015, Code M
  • 2014, Secrets of War
  • 2012, Cool Kids Don’t Cry
  • 2010, Joris en de Draak (short)
  • 2009, Anubis en de wraak van Arghus
  • 2009, Het sinterklaasjournaal: De meezing moevie
  • 2008, Anubis: Het pad der 7 zonden
  • 2007, Plop en de pinguïn
  • 2007, De vliegende Hollander (short)
  • 2005, Zoop in Afrika
  • 2004, Het meisje met de zwavelstokjes (short)
  • 2001, Emergency Exit (short)
  • 1999, Sneeuwwitje (short)
  • 1997, Reflecment (short)
  • 1996, Hugo (short)