Mirte is a cleaner in the reception centre for asylum seekers near Schiphol Airport. Those entering the Netherlands as refugees stay ten days at most in this bunk-bedded vestibule to the promised land - a place and period that seems to stand outside of ordinary life.
This no-man’s-land suits Mirte. She is a woman damaged by life, snappy and defensive, who seeks a hold in the routine of the mop, even keeping her little boy at a distance. But when the West African Luc turns up, she has to lower her shield. Luc scratches her open emotionally. A cautious love blossoms, after which the farewell is even more painful.
The New World describes these grand emotions with expressive detail. The dialogue is sparse, the grey setting illustrative of a life on the fringe of society. The beautifully-maintained surly nature displayed by Bianca Krijgsman as Mirte ensures that this love-tragedy-in-ten-days does not get too sweet.

International title
The New World
Filmmaker
Jaap van Heusden
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Marc Bary
Production Company
IJswater Films, NTR
Sales
IJswater Films
Writer
Rogier de Blok, Jaap van Heusden
Cinematography
Jan Moeskops
Editor
Jasper Quispel
Production Design
Jorien Sont
Sound Design
Marco Vermaas
Cast
Bianca Krijgsman, Issaka Sawadogo
Website
http://www.ijswater.nl/films/projects/info.php?project=147