Mike van Diem Feature film - 1997 - 120 min.
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Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Lange Speelfilm

Gouden Kalf nominee

Beste Acteur Jan Decleir

Beste Actrice Betty Schuurman

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Mike van Diem's Oscar-winning feature debut adapted from F. Bordewijk’s classic about the feared bailiff Dreverhaven who tries to thwart his ambitious bastard son Katadreuffe’s career.

In pre-war Rotterdam, the ruthless bailiff Dreverhaven is a tyrant in his realm. Following a bankruptcy, his ambitious and stubborn bastard son Katadreuffe decides to become a lawyer. He puts everything aside to achieve his goal, including his girlfriend. A clash with Dreverhaven is inevitable. The characteristic locations in Mike van Diem’s Oscar-winning feature debut were found in places like Ghent, Antwerp and Polish Wroclaw.


Director(s) Mike van Diem
Script Mike van Diem
Laurens Geels
Ruud van Megen
Producer(s) Laurens Geels
Production Company
First Floor Features
Director of Photography
Production Design
Rikke Jelier
Alfred Schaaf
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country