Our Island

    • Lennah Koster
    • Netherlands
    • 2019
    • 15 min
    • IDFA School Program

    It’s summertime, and two sisters are playing outdoors in nature. Mirte tries to catch butterflies, then they go rowing and look for little water creatures. That evening by the campfire, Shanna announces that when she grows up, she wants to make inventions for children with disabilities.

    Mirte has Down syndrome, and she’s finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with her younger sister. At the start of Our Island, Shanna explains that although Mirte is older, it actually feels like she’s her little sister. They used to have all sorts of adventures together on their “deserted island,” but now that Shanna’s approaching puberty she doesn’t always feel like playing imaginary games. Mirte is too wild, and that annoys Shanna. In the end, though, she surprises her sister with a real invention.

    Director Lennah Koster uses highly effective dreamlike scenes to create a powerful atmosphere, pinpointing the sensitive spots in the relationship between the two sisters.

    Credits

    • 15 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Dutch
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Lennah Koster
    Production
    Nienke Korthof for Tangerine Tree, Willem Baptist for Tangerine Tree
    Executive producer
    Koosje de Pooter for Tangerine Tree
    Cinematography
    Rogier Timmermans
    Editing
    Daan Wijdeveld

    IDFA history

    2020
    Screened
    IDFA School Program
    2019
    Screened
    IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

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