film - 2023 - NL

sweet dreams

On a remote Indonesian island, during the waning days of the colonial era, Dutch sugar factory owner Jan and his wife, Agathe are at the top of the food chain. That is, until Jan upon returning from his nightly visit to his native concubine Siti, suddenly drops dead in front of his wife. Desperate to keep the privileges of her status quo, Agathe forces her estranged son Cornelis and his heavily pregnant wife Josefien, to travel from Europe and take over the family business. In the midst of a worker’s uprising, Cornelis displays his plans for progressive change, but when Jan’s will puts Siti at the forefront of the family estate, ideals prove to be idle and blood thicker than water.


The Netherlands’ Official Oscar® Entry 2024

Locarno Film Festival – Main Competition – World Premiere
WINNER Pardo for Best Performance
2nd Prize of the Junior Jury

Netherlands Film Festival - Opening Film
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Film
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Directing
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Costume Design
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Cinematography
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Lead Actor
WINNER Golden Calf for Best Supporting Actor

Toronto Film Festival – Centrepiece

Ena Sendijarević
Ena Sendijarević
102 min
Dutch, Indonesian
Lemming Film
Plattform Produktion (SE), Talamedia (ID)
executive producer
Tiktak Production (FR)
distributor benelux
Gusto Entertainment
financiers & funds
Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, MEDIA Creative Europe, CoBO, Swedish Film Institute, FilmïVast, Région Réunion, TRIP