A Long Story

Following the death of his French wife, Ward returns to the Netherlands after years of absence. He wants to move back to the village of his birth and hires a Romanian handyman, Doru, to fix up his house. Ward misses his wife and struggles to settle into the local lifestyle. One day Doru doesn’t show up, and Ward impulsively takes charge of Doru’s mischievous son Mihai. Ward and Mihai drive to Romania to return Mihai to his mother Alina. But Alina, too, is nowhere to be found…


Raymond Thiry, Victor Copariu & Ioana Flora


DirectorJorien van Nes
ScreenplayLotje IJzermans
ProducerStienette Bosklopper
Co-producerNTR Television
HBO Romania
Associate producerHi Film Productions
Director of photographyDaniël Bouquet
Production DesignElsje de Bruijn
EditorJasper Quispel
MusicFons Merkies
Sound designJan Schermer
Costume designManon Blom

Supported by

A Long Story was made within the framework of De Oversteek. The film is funded by The Netherlands Film Fund, The Netherlands Media Fund, The Co-production Fund for Domestic Broadcasting (CoBO) and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Release & Festivals

Dutch premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival 2013
Released in the Netherlands on 17 October 2013 by Cinema Delicatessen
Best Actress Festival International du Film d’Aubagne 2014
Shanghai IFF CN, Stockholm IFF SE, Aubagne IFF, IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg

Technical Features

Dutch/Romanian, 93 mins, DCP, color