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Credits
  • Director: Sacha Polak
  • Producer: Stienette Bosklopper
  • Screenwriters: Helena van der Meulen
  • Cast: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen, Mark Rietman, Barbara Sarafian, Eva Duijvestein, Ward Weemhoff, Ali Ben Horsting
  • Cinematography: Daniël Bouquet N.S.C.
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART05
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Language: Dutch with English subtitles
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 80 minutes
  • Audio: 2.0 Stereo
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color
  • Bonus material: Trailer, Interview with Director Sacha Polak, Interview with star Hannah Hoekstra, Interview with screenwriter Helena van der Meulen, 12-page collector’s booklet
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Sacha Polak’s debut feature is a frank and explicit look at carnal desire that is told from a distinctly female perspective. She paints an erotically charged portrait of a woman whose casual sexual encounters mask a loneliness and a craving for intimacy. Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) is a young woman who drifts through a series of anonymous one-night stands and seems only close to her father. When he finds himself a girlfriend, Hemel’s jealousy puts her on the emotional edge. An emotionally and physically raw study of sexuality that is nothing less than mesmerizing.
Reviews

“Sharply realized.” – Indiewire.com

“Sharply captures the fear and pain of having to let go and grow up.” – SlantMagazine.com

“Feels like a Dutch female version of Shame.” – Variety

Screenings
2012 - Berlin International Film Festival
2012 - Chicago International Film Festival
2012 - New York New Directors/New Films
2012 - Seattle International Film Festival
2012 - Sydney Film Festival
2012 - Vancouver International Film Festival
Awards
2012 International Federation of Film Critics - Best Film
Director Interview

Cineuropa – Sacha Polak at the Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival (VIDEO)

Exberliner – Berlinale interview with Sacha Polak

Film Society of Lincoln Center – ND/NF Q&A with Sacha Polak (VIDEO)

About the Director

Sacha Polak (born: 1982) graduated in 2006 From The Netherlands Film And Television Academy with her short film Teer which was selected for a number of international film festivals. Her short films El Mourabbi (2007), Drang (2008) and Under the Table (2008) followed. In 2009, she took part in the Directors’ Lab at the Binger Filmlab. HEMEL is Polak’s feature film debut.

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Credits
  • Director: Sacha Polak
  • Producer: Stienette Bosklopper
  • Screenwriters: Helena van der Meulen
  • Cast: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen, Mark Rietman, Barbara Sarafian, Eva Duijvestein, Ward Weemhoff, Ali Ben Horsting
  • Cinematography: Daniël Bouquet N.S.C.
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART05
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Language: Dutch with English subtitles
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 80 minutes
  • Audio: 2.0 Stereo
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color
  • Bonus material: Trailer, Interview with Director Sacha Polak, Interview with star Hannah Hoekstra, Interview with screenwriter Helena van der Meulen, 12-page collector’s booklet
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