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Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

Meine wunderbar seltsame Woche mit Tess

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‘I heard about a man who collected Kinder Surprise Eggs. Collect as many memories as possible, moments you share, before it is too late.’

A week of vacation at the beach with the whole family! For Sam, it’s a week full of ruminating on life, death and Tess. He’s haunted by the notion that his brother and his parents will all die someday, most likely before he does, seeing as he’s the youngest. So Sam resolves to prepare for the inevitable as best he can: with daily practice of being alone. It’s a bit unfortunate for him then to meet chaotic and fascinating Tess on the first day of his training as he’d much rather wander through the dunes with her. When she shares her well-kept secret with him, Sam’s world starts to wobble even more. In the summer heat of a Dutch holiday island, the two teenagers dare to ponder life’s biggest questions and come up with their very own answers.

Steven Wouterlood

Netherlands / Germany 2019


82’ · Colour

recommendation: 9 years and up

World premiere


Sonny van Utteren (Sam)
Josephine Arendsen (Tess)
Julian Ras (Jorre)
Tjebbo Gerritsma (Gijs)
Suzan Boogaerdt (Mara)
Johannes Kienast (Hugo)
Terence Schreurs (Elise)
Jennifer Hoffman (Ida)
Hans Dagelet (Hille)
Guido Pollemans (Sil)


Steven Wouterlood
Laura van Dijk, based on the book by Anna Woltz
Sal Kroonenberg
Christine Houbiers
Franziska Henke
Sound Design
Kai Tebbel
Sound Mixing
Olaf Mehl
Jos ten Klooster
Production Design
Florian Legters
Margriet Procee
Claudia Goetz
Assistant Director
Wouter Severijn
Martha Mojet, Marina Wijn
Joram Willink, Piet-Harm Sterk
Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab
Ostlicht Filmproduktion, Weimar


Steven Wouterlood

Born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1984, he directed the children’s television film Alles mag (Anything Goes) in 2013 which won an International Emmy Kids Award, the Kids Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and many other prizes. His short film Koningsdag (King’s Day) likewise won numerous awards. In 2016, he directed the TV series Alleen op de wereld (Remi, Nobody’s Boy), based on the 1878 novel “Sans famille” by Hector Malot. Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess (My Extraordinary Summer with Tess) is his debut feature film.


2007 Los (Loose); short film 2013 The Girl Across the Street; short film · Alles mag (Anything Goes); short film 2015 Koningsdag (King’s Day); short film 2016 Superstar VR; VR film · Alleen op de wereld (Nobody’s Boy); TV series 2019 Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess (My Extraordinary Summer with Tess)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

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