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Life according to Nino voted best youth film in Malmö


Simone van Dusseldorp's Dutch/Belgian co-production Life according to Nino has won the prize for best youth film at the International Children and Young People's Film Festival (9-14 March) in Malmö, Sweden. Earlier this year the film picked up the prize for best children’s film at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam.

When his mother dies, eight-year-old Nino no longer goes to school, stops bathing and eats crisps for breakfast. Nino isn’t the only one acting strangely in the family: his brother Lucas starts to raise hell in the city and even his father Bruno is no longer his usual self. At first this seems great fun, but Nino soon starts missing the affection of his father and brother. When Nino discovers he can talk to animals, he sets things to right with his rabbit Bobby.

Life according to Nino is directed by Simone van Dusseldorp and stars Koen De Graeve as Nino’s father, Rifka Lodeizen as his mother and Rohan Timmermans as the stubborn but courageous Nino. Dutch production companies Family Affair Films and Waterland Film produced the film with Brussels-based Savage Film (Labyrinthus, Bullhead) as their Belgian co-production partner.

Partly shot in Antwerp, the film also utilised Flemish talent, crew members and service companies. Catherine Van Bree was costume designer; Ludo Volders and Manu Meuleman were location scouts; and companies including STORM Post Production Antwerp, Cinénumerique (audio post-production studio), Lites (camera & lighting equipment) and Cine Qua Non (grip equipment) also supplied their services.

Life according to Nino received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Belgian Tax Shelter and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.