A naked body in the darkness, screaming at the top of its lungs yet remaining mute. The poetic opening scene of Paradise Drifters features Yousef, a teen who needs help, love or at least a bit of attention. But just like the other two leads in this raw road movie, there is no one who cares about him.

Yousef gets to leave the juvenile detention centre he was in, but has no family to return to. Chloe's stepfather got her pregnant and she is sent off to Spain. Lorenzo wants to make a quick buck smuggling drugs.

Their chance coming together doesn't mean they are out of trouble. In Mees Peijnenburg's feature film debut the characters – all solid performances from a young cast – suffer. There is no easy way out of this cruel world. But the more their mutual trust grows, the more liberating Paradise Drifters becomes.

Also see IFFR x De Balie: Paradise Drifters.

Filmmaker
Mees Peijnenburg
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers
Production Company
Pupkin Film
Sales
Orange Studio
Writer
Mees Peijnenburg
Cinematography
Jasper Wolf
Editor
Imre Reutelingsperger
Production Design
Elza Kroonenberg
Sound Design
Tijn Hazen
Music
Juho Nurmela, Ella van der Woude
Cast
Tamar van Waning, Jonas Smulders, Bilal Wahib, Joren Seldeslachts, Camilla Siegertsz, Steef Cuijpers, Micha Hulshof