Secrets of War

Dennis Bots

Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2014 / 95 min / German version or Dutch version with English subt. / Drama

In the presence of Dennis Bots

Two young best friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their bond put to the supreme test in a bittersweet ode to lost innocence.

Conflict rages across Europe and the Nazis have occupied the Netherlands, but for twelve-year-old best friends Tuur and Lambert, not much seems to have changed: they still go to school each day, and still play "war" with their wooden guns in the forest. But the realities of the conflict soon intrude on their familiar world: Lambert is bullied over his family's affiliation with the local Nazi party, while Tuur's parents and brother are mysteriously quiet on the subject of a resistance group rumoured to be developing in the town. When the boys begin to compete for the attentions of Maartje, a young newcomer to their class, their bond is put to the test.

Thu 05/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia DE* Scolaire
Thu 05/03 19:00 Utopolis Kirchberg EN* Public

EN* : Dutch version with English subt. In the presence of the Filmteam.
DE* : Dutch with English subt. In the presence of the Filmteam.

“This is the second time director Dennis Bots adapts a children’s novel from popular local author Jacques Vriens, after 'Cool Kids Don’t Cry', and, like that film about a young girl with leukemia, his latest isn’t afraid to include potentially difficult material in a film primarily aimed at children.” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, 14/09/2014)

Cast & Credits
Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Pippa Allen
Karin van Holst Pellekaan / Jacques Vriens (novel)
Rolf Dekens
Herman Pieëte
Kurt Loyens
André Dziezuk
Rinkel Film (NL), Bijker Productions (NL), Katholieke Radio Omroep
KRO (NL), Living Stone (BE), Tarantula (LU)
Tarantula (LU)

Born in Kitwa (Zambia) in 1974, Dennis Bots was raised in Gemert (NL) and attended the Macropedius College. In 1992 he started his education at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam which he successfully completed in 1996.

  • Zwaard van D'Artagnan, 2015
  • Oorlogsgeheimen, 2014
  • Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet, 2012
  • Anubis en de wraak van Arghus, 2009
  • Het sinterklaasjournaal: De meezing moevie, 2009
  • Anubis: Het pad der 7 zonden, 2008
  • Plop en de pinguïn, 2007
  • De vliegende Hollander (Short), 2007
  • Zoop in Afrika, 2005
  • Het meisje met de zwavelstokjes (Short), 2004
  • De afdeling (TV Series), 2004
  • Emergency Exit (Short), 2001