A battalion of Georgians is stationed on a Dutch island and their foreign culture gives colour to the life of a young Dutch woman. In the middle of the Georgians’ chaotic uprise against the German troops, she breaks away from the restricting and suffocating reality by learning to trust her fantasy.
After the international festival success of ‘Magonia’ (2001), director Ineke Smits is going to tell a story about one of the best kept secrets of the Second World War in the Netherlands. At the end of that war the isle of Texel, in the north of the country, was one of the last occupied places. A group of Georgian prisoners of war decided to try to help to liberate the islanders, but due to bad timing they failed… The people of Texel nowadays still remember their fallen heroes.
With this story and the film idea of Smits in mind, author Arthur Japin wrote the musical story of a young Dutch girl named Marie. She tries to escape from the war through her imagination, inspired by the pictures and stories of her new Georgian friends. Like Marie, the film is also going to take the spectator from the harsh reality to a world where music and colours seem to be the best universal languages to communicate under such circumstances.
Year of release
De Vliegenierster van Kazbek
Madelief Blanken, Zura Zhghenti, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Rick Paul van Mulligen, Dato Roinishvili, Peter Lohmeyer, Sylvia Poorta, Jack Wouterse, Bert Luppes, Anamaria Marinca
Director(s) of Photography
Menno Boerema, Katarina Türler
Dan van Bever
Diana van de Vossenberg
NL: Fu Works, Volya Films, NPS Broadcasting. Belgium: Serendipity
Dutch Filmfund, Suppletion Fund, Flemish Filmfund, CoBofund, Rotterdam Film Fund