What do you do as a young girl from a Russian family: an absent-minded grandma, a pros­ti­tute for a mother and a sister who wants to strip? Tidy up, clean and make friends with an evangelist.
When she is asked in school: What do you want to be?’, she answers: Simple. Katia’s sister.’ This is how the young girl sees herself and is seen by others; we never hear her own name. We watch her life from her perspec­tive; the camera keeps close to her and follows her around. In the apart­ment where she lives with her mother, who works as a pros­ti­tute, her elder sister Katia and her increas­ingly absent-minded grandma, and in the street, where evan­ge­list John is the only one who really devotes time to her. Her family comes from Russia and often plays thun­derous Russian music. She prefers to listen to Dutch chil­dren’s pop music, while she tidies up and cleans the house, discreetly keeping the house­hold going. Mean­while, her mother finds a new boyfriend some­where and Katia thinks she can make some easy money by strip­ping — she even takes her little sister to the club. The latter takes it all as it comes. But what she likes best is huddle together with Katia in bed, lying against her long blonde hair.

Title: Het Zusje van Katia
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 25 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2009

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Vrouwelijke Bijrol (2008)
Olga Louzgina
Beste Scenario (2008)
Jan Eilander
Beste Scenario (2008)
Jolein Laarman

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Speelfilm (2008)
Hans de Wolf
Beste Vrouwelijke Bijrol (2008)
Julia Seijkens
Beste Regie (2008)
Mijke de Jong
Beste Montage (2008)
Dorith Vinken (NCE)

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