Adap­ta­tion of Annejet van der Zijl’s novel about the contro­ver­sial romance that bloomed in the 1920s between a student from Suri­name and a white, divorced mother.

Waldemar, a young man from Suri­name, travels to Holland in the 1920s to study. Here, he falls in love with his land­lady Rika. They couldn’t be greater oppo­sites: he is young and black, she is seven­teen years his senior, white and a divorced mother of four. Their rela­tion­ship is openly denounced by their surround­ings, but love and their mutual son keep them going during the depres­sion era. But then World War II erupts and the unusual couple, risking their lives, decides to offer a hiding place to a group of Jews.
This true story of two ordi­nary’, anony­mous people was recorded by jour­nalist Annejet van der Zijl in her best­selling Sonny Boy (2004). Maria Peters was respon­sible for the direc­tion. An ambi­tious film project, featuring a series of extra­or­di­nary loca­tions; from pre-war Para­maribo to the Nether­lands in the Depres­sion and WW II concen­tra­tion camps.

Title: Sonny Boy
Year: 2010
Duration : 2 hours, 12 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2011

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Actrice (2011)
Ricky Koole
Beste Camera (2011)
Walther Vanden Ende
Beste Muziek (2011)
Henny Vrienten

Other awards

Gouden Film (100.000 bezoekers speelfilm) (2011)

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