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.

Title: Karakter
Year: 1997
Duration : 2 hours
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2006

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Lange Speelfilm (1997)
Laurens Geels

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Actrice (1997)
Betty Schuurman
Beste Regie (1997)
Mike van Diem
Beste Acteur (1997)
Jan Decleir

Other awards

Grolsch Filmprijs (1997)

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