Konraad lives alone in his beautiful old country home, accompanied only by his grief for his recently deceased wife. His children have long since grown up and moved out, now living with spouses and children of their own. When each of his descendants receives a letter from their emotionally fragile patriarch, stating that he wishes to die before summer, at first they all consider it yet another nuisance in their already hectic lives.


Fedja van Huêt, Tamar van den Dop, Karina Smulders, Jan Decleir, Catherine ten Bruggencate, Piet Kamerman, Oscar van Woensel, Merel van Houts, Carmen Lith


Director & ScreenplayNanouk Leopold
ProducerStienette Bosklopper
VPRO Television
Director of photographyRichard van Oosterhout
Production DesignElsje de Bruijn
EditorKatharina Wartena
ComposerLoek Dikker
Sound designHans Helewaut
Costume designManon Blom
CastingJob Gosschalk
Marc van Bree

Supported by

The film was supported by the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Eurimages, The Netherlands Film Fund, the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund and the CoBO Fund.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2007
Released in the Netherlands on 23-08-2007
World sales Films Distribution Mercure International

Special Mention Caligari Film Award, 6 nominations and Golden Calf Best Camera and Golden Calf Best Male Actor in a Supporting Netherlands Film Festival 2007, Audience Award Festival du Cinéma Nordique, Rouen 2008, Jury Award Teplice IFF.

Internationale Women’s Film Festival Dortmund, Berlinale in Athens, IndieLisboa, Lisbon International Independent Film Festival, Market Screening Cannes FR, Sydney Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Auckland and Wellinghton International Film Festival, New Horizons IFF PL, Era Nowy Horyzonty, Melbourne International Film Festival, Norwegian FF, Espoo Cine International Film Festival, Toronto IFF CA, Copenhagen International Film Festival, Utrecht FF NL, Pusan IFF KR, London International Film Festival, Viennale Film Festival, Unabhaengiges FF Osnabrueck, Camerimage IFF PL, Denver Film Festival, Marrakech International filmfestival, Goteborg International Filmfestival.

Technical Features

Dutch, 95 mins, 35mm, color, Dolby Digital, Cinemascope