Hemel is a young woman who grew up with only her father Gijs, a charming auctioneer. Hemel cannot imagine life without Gijs, and doesn’t take other men seriously. They’re only there to play with, and Hemel’s game sometimes crosses the line into dangerous territory. When Gijs finds love with Sophie, Hemel has to get a move on too.


Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet & Rifka Lodeizen


DirectorSacha Polak
ScreenplayHelena van der Meulen
ProducerStienette Bosklopper
Co-producerVPRO Television
Bella Cohen Films
Director of photographyDaniël Bouquet
Production DesignElsje de Bruijn
EditorAxel Skovdal Roelofs

Supported by

Hemel was made within the framework of De Oversteek. The film is funded by The Netherlands Film Fund, the Rotterdam Media Fund, the Co-production Fund for Domestic Broadcasting (CoBO), the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Abraham Tuschinski Fund.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Released in the Netherlands 29-03-2012 by Cinéart
World sales Media Luna

Forum Berlinale 2012 GE, New Directors New Film 2012 US
Gouden Kalf Beste Actrice Nederlands FF 2012, FIPRESCI Award Berlinale 2012, Best Actress Award VOICES Festival 2012 RU, Angela Award SUBTITLE European FF 2012 IR, Best Actress Award European FF Essonne 2012 FR, Ecumenical Jury prize Molodist Kyiv IFF 2012 UA, Best Feature Film Award at International Women FF of Créteil FR, Special mention – Cinergia FF Lodz PL

BAFICI AR, CPH PIX DK, Seattle IFF US, Sydney FF AU, Karlovy Vary IFF CZ, Voices FF RU, Galway FF IR, New Horizons IFF PL, Guanajuato IFF MX, Transatlantyk FF PL, Montreal World FF CA, Cambridge FF UK, Athens IFF GR, Helsinki IFF FI, Vladivostok FF RU, Kaunas IFF LT, Haifa IFF IL, Vancouver IFF CA, Mill Valley FF US, RegioFun IFF PL, Frauen und Film revisited GE, Chicago IFF US, Sao Paulo IFF BR, Kaohsiung FF TW, AFI Showcase DC US, Forum of European Cinergia PL, Kolkata IFF IN, Essone European FF FR, Tallinn Black Nights FF EE, Exposed FF GE, Gijon IFF ES, Subtitle European FF UK, Europa Cinemas Conference FR, Cinecity Brighton FF UK, Göteborg IFF SE, Eurocine CO, Beijing Woman IFF CN, FF CineBeneluxy CZ, Saint Petersburg FF RU

Technical Features

Dutch, 80 mins, 35mm/DCP, color, Dolby SR, Cinemascope