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Bride Flight

Directed by: Ben Sombogaart
130 Minutes, 2008

1953, a flood adding to the aftermath of World War II swells the numbers of Dutch emigrants. On a KLM flight to New Zealand, part of a race from London, Frank, who lost his family and colonial estate in the Japanese occupation and Indonesian civil war of Independence, meets some virtual mail order brides. Ada van Holland becomes his lover before confessing she’s already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk. Jewish concentration camp survivor Esther dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discretely has her boy Bobby adopted by infertile Marjorie, who did everything else right with husband Hans. Over the years, some of their paths cross again, all survivors meet at Frank’s funeral.

Credits

Director: Ben Sombogaart

Producer: Gemma Derksen

Producer: Olga Madsen

Producer: Hanneke Niens

Producer: Anton Smit

Producer: Jani Thiltges

Producer: Jose van Doorn

Cast: Karina Smulders

Cast: Pleuni Touw

Cast: Anna Drijver

Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy

Cast: Elise Schaap

Cast: Petra Laseur

Cast: Waldemar Torenstra

Cast: Rutger Hauer

Cast: Micha Hulshof

Cast: Mattijn Hartemink

Cast: Walter Steffen

Writer: Marieke van der Pol

Original music: Jeannot Sanavia

Cinematographer: Piotr Kukla

Editor: Herman P. Koerts

Art director: Michael De Graaf