Ben is sent to jail after causing a car accident that kills his girlfriend. When he returns to his hometown of Waldstille after a long time he has to face his in-laws, who gained custody of his daughter. They plan never to let Ben see his little girl again. But Ben is determined to make up for lost time with Cindy.


Thomas Ryckewaert, Jelka van Houten, Maartje van de Wetering, Zinsy de Boer


Director & ScreenplayMartijn Maria Smits
ProducerStienette Bosklopper
Co-producerVPRO Television
Director of photographyFrank van den Eeden
Production DesignVera van de Sandt
EditorRuben van der Hammen
Martijn Maria Smits
MusicRutger Reinders
Sound designJan Schermer
Vincent Sinceretti
Costume designSara Hakkenberg

Supported by

WALDSTILLE was made within the framework of De Oversteek and is a co-production of Circe Films and VPRO Television. The film is funded with support of the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, the Coproduction, Fund for Domestic Broadcasting (CoBO) and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at San Sebastian Film Festival 2016
Dutch premiere at Netherlands Film Festival in 2016
Released in the Netherlands on 30-03-2017 by distributor Contact Film
World sales media luna new films

Festival selection:
San Sebastian Film Festival 2016 – New Directors Competition, Netherlands Film Festival 2016 – Director’s Forum, Arras Film Festival 2017 – European Competition, Bergamo Film Meeting 2017, Festival International du Film d’Aubagne 2017, Festival de Cine Global Dominicano 2017, Mons International Festival of Love Films 2017 – International Competition, Shanghai International Film Festival 2017 – Best Film

Best Supporting Actress – Netherlands Film Festival 2017

Technical Features

Dutch, 89 mins, DCP, color