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Son of mine

Project information

Talent Joram Willink
Role of participant Producer
Director Remy van Heugten
Producer Joram Willink, Piet-Harm Sterk
Screenwriter Gustaaf Peek
Status finished

Production details

Running time 100 min
Genre Drama
Year of production 2015
Country of Production Netherlands
Production Company
Website http://bindfilm.com/projects/gluckauf/

still / picture for Gluckauf
still / picture for Gluckauf
still / picture for Gluckauf


Son of Mine (original title: Gluckauf) is a gripping social drama about the oppressive relationship between a father and a son, who as modern outlaws struggle to survive in the neglected southern Dutch province of Limburg.

Gluckauf (the miner’s greeting for a safe return from the deep) is the first artistic feature film of director Remy van Heugten and is fully spoken in Limburg dialect. The film is based on Remy van Heugten’s personal experiences, who grew up in this picturesque, yet poor region of the mostly rich Netherlands. A place where the social and economical consequences of the closing of the coalmines, many years ago, are still very much felt.

Lei, descendant of an unemployed coal miner, is an aimless man in his fifties, living a hand to mouth existence. When Lei’s son Jeffrey discovers that Lei has a long-drawn debt with Vester, a charismatic crime boss, he does what every loving son would do: he reckons his father’s debt as his own.

A powerful father-son drama plays out in the ignored, impoverished Dutch province of South Limburg, which offers no opportunity for escape. Neither for the characters, who carry on an unequal struggle against their social conditions, nor for the audience. Gluckauf’s chokehold is much too firm for that.

Participation in international festivals / awards

4 Golden Calf’s (Dutch Academy awards) for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Camera.
Tiger award nomination IFFR 2015
Best Screenplay Award at Brussels International Film Festival 2015
Grand Award op World Première Festival, Manilla Philippines 2015
Honorable Mention at Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Nomination Grand Newcomer Award Manheim-Heidelberg oct15 /
Dutch Directors Guild Award / Dutch Screenwriters Guild Award
6 Golden Calf nominations (2x actors, music, editing, prod design, sound design)