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The Penknife

Six-year-old Mees is faced by a big problem when his friend Tim moves house: Mees still has his penknife. Mees wants to give it back, but doesn't know his friend's new address. Mees tries to explain the problem to adults in his vicinity, but they don't have any time or don't want to listen. Mees tries all kinds of ingenious tricks to get in touch with Tim. He writes a letter, puts a small ad in the paper and in the end even gets on television.

Crew

Screenplay: Sjoerd Kuyper
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Broadcaster: AVRO
D.O.P.: Reinier van Brummelen
Executive Producer: Maureen Barkey
Gaffer: Pieter Vermeer
Sound: Bert Fiantue
Production Design: Michel de Graaf en Wieger de Jong
Costume Design: Vera de Jong en Maureen Versprille
Make-up & Hair: Mia de Jong
Editor: Herman P. Koerts
Music: Karel von Kleist
 

Cast

Olivier Tuinier
Genio de Groot
Adelheid Roosen
Verno Romney
Beppie Melissen
Sarah Sijbing
Sebastiaan Spaan
Maxim Hartman
Karen van Holst Pellekaan
Kees Hulst
 

Prizes

1992 - Cinekid Lion Jury Award - Cinekid (The Netherlands)
 
1992 -  Winner Kinderkast Competition - Cinekid (The Netherlands)
 
1992 - Winner Best Feature Film -  Essen International Film Festival (Germany)
 
1992 -  Winner Audience Award - International Children's Film Festival Vienna (Vienna)
 
1992 - Winner Best Feature Film - International Children's Film Festival Tel Aviv (Israel)
 
1993 - Winner Best Feature Film - Montevideo Film Festival for Children and Young People (Uruguay)
 
1993 - 2nd Best Feature Film - Bellinzona International Youth Film Festival (Switzerland)
 
1993 - 2nd Best Feature Film & Winner Cifej Award - International Children's Film Festival Udaipur (India)
 
1993 - International Emmy Award (USA)
 
1993 - Winner Golden Calf for Best Director - Netherlands Film Festival (The Netherlands)
 
1993 - Cijef Award - Prix Danube Bratislava (Slovakia)