Eleven-year-old Lu is living in a foster home when her long-lost mother Karina shows up unexpectedly and takes her on a wild road trip in a beat-up sports car - all the way to her grandma in Poland. Lu soon finds out it's all or nothing with Karina when she gets pulled into a Bonnie and Clyde-like fantasy. But reality quickly catches up, forcing them to decide what they're willing to do to stay together forever.
Captivated by eccentric parents and the struggle of getting to know them, Zara Dwinger together with co-screenwriter Nena van Driel, created the story of Lu (Rosa van Leeuwen) and her mother Karina (Frieda Barnhard). The road movie about dealing with having an eccentric parent and learning how to stick up for yourself will premiere in the Berlinale Generation plus competition 2023.
Zara Dwinger is a writing director who makes colourful films about young people who are trying to find their place in the world. After graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2017 with the award-winning film SIRENE, she made several short films that were featured at various international festivals such as the Berlinale and Clermont Ferrant. In 2020, the short film A HOLIDAY FROM MOURNING was released and travelled to festivals such as Asiana ISFF and Palm Springs Shortfest. In 2021 she made the mid-length film THE GIRL WHO WAS CURSED that is screening at Slamdance Film Festival 2023 in the narrative competition. .
KIDDO is produced by Studio Ruba in coproduction with NTR broadcasting, Polish outfit SHIPsBOY is the service producer. The film was made with the support of The Netherlands Film Fund, The Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO, and the Polish Film Institute. The film will be released in the Netherlands later this year by GUSTO Entertainment.
FILMED IN THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND WITH THE SUPPORT PROVIDED THROUGH THE ACT ON FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION BY THE POLISH FILM INSTITUTE AND FUNDED BY THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
- Length: 90’ min
- Status: release Berlinale 2023
- Genre: roadmovie
Rosa van Leeuwen
- Director: Zara Dwinger
- Screenwriters: Nena van Driel l Zara Dwinger
- DOP: Douwe Hennink
- Production design: Bram Doyer
- Costumedesign: Vita Mees
- Casting: Saida van der Reijd l Elske Falkena
- Production Manager: Mireille Rooijendijk
- First A.D.: Tony van der Veer
- Editor: Fatih Tura
- Sound Design: Zita Leemans
- Re-recording Mixer: Michel Schopping
- Composer: Jac van Exter
- Music Supervisor: Laura Bell
- Co-producer: NTR – Marina Blok
- Service Producer: SHIPsBOY - Krystyna Kantor
- Producers: Layla Meijman l Maarten van der Ven