Boven is het stil

[ It's all so quiet ]

Helmer, a single middle-aged farmer, leads an isolated life with his old and bedridden father. The highlight of his existence is the daily arrival of milk truck driver Johan, a robust man of Helmer’s age. One day, Helmer decides to renovate the house and move his father upstairs. When, on top of that, a young farmhand joins the farm, Helmer’s life seems about to change forever.


Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck & Martijn Lakemeier


Director & ScreenplayNanouk Leopold
ProducersCirce Films - Stienette Bosklopper (The Netherlands)
N279 - Els Vandevorst (The Netherlands)
Co-producersCoin Film (Germany)
VPRO Television (The Netherlands)
Director of photographyFrank van den Eeden
Production DesignElsje de Bruijn
EditorKatharina Wartena
MusicPaul M. van Brugge
Sound designAndreas Hildebrandt
Costume designManon Blom
Ute Paffendorf

Supported by

The film is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, Eurimages, the Co-production Fund for Domestic Broadcasting (CoBO), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, MEDIA programme of the EU, ZDF/3SAT and H[ea]D-Quarter.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at the Opening Panorama Special at Berlin International Film Festival 2013
Released in the Netherlands on 25-04-2013 by Cinéart
World sales Films Distribution

Premio Ottavio Mai Best Fiction Film (Torino LGBT), Bildrausch Ring Award Best Director (Basel IFF), Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film (Outfest Los Angeles), Nominated Best Film, Best Production Design, Best Photography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editor, winner Best Editor Katharina Wartena (Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calfs), Silver Q Hugo Award (Chicago IFF)

Berlin IFF GE, Istanbul International Independent FF TR, Marketscreening Cannes FR, Kosmorama Trondheim IFF NO, Torino lgbt IT, Torino lgbt Padova IT, Seattle IFF US, Inside Out Toronto lgbt CA, Basel FF CH, Sydney FF AU, Festival Mix Milano IT, Frameline San Fransisco lgbt IFF US, Karlovy Vary IFF CZ, Outfest Los Angeles lgbt FF US, Oslo Gay & Lesbian FF NO, Mix Copenhagen lgbt FF DK, Thessaloniki IFF GR, Ljubljana IFF SI, Mix BR Sexual Diversity FF BR, European Film Forum Scanorama LT, Talinn Black Nights FF EE, Goa IFF of IN, Montréal Image Nation lgbt FF CA, Kerala IFF IN, Zagreb Human Rights FF HR, Pune IFF IN, Zinegoak Bilbao lgbt ES, FEST Belgrad IFF SI, Jeonju Premiere IFF KR, Tel Aviv lgbt IFF IL

Technical Features

Dutch, 93 mins, DCP, color