Please Welcome: Beyond Sleep, opening film IFFR 2016

The film Beyond Sleep – based on the Dutch bestselling novel Nooit meer slapen by W.F. Hermans – will open the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam on 27 January 2016. This film by Boudewijn Koole will have its world premiere on the opening night of IFFR.

Beyond Sleep takes us on a survival expedition with young, ambitious geologist Alfred Issendorf, who goes in search of meteorites in the swampy north of Norway, hoping that the journey will cement his academic reputation by uncovering a significant scientific proof. Alfred is also trying to continue where his father left off when he died during a similar research trip of his own. Alfred searches, stumbles and suffers on the pitiless Northern European tundra. He finds redemption only when he has reached the very brink of insanity. Beyond Sleep is directed by award-winning director Boudewijn Koole, who made the Dutch Oscar entry Kauwboy. Reinout Scholten van Aschat is in the lead role. The film is produced by KeyFilm.

Festival director Bero Beyer: "We are incredibly pleased to be able to open with Beyond Sleep. This story, this book is justifiably known as a Dutch classic and the film is able, through its incisive narrative – reinforced by the power of the stunning natural scenery – to add a new dimension to this. Director Boudewijn Koole previously impressed with the internationally awarded Kauwboy, and with Beyond Sleep – made with an inspired team and top actors Reinout Scholten van Aschat and Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki) – he has created something truly wonderful. A dream opening film: a Dutch story taken to another level by international cooperation in cinematography and production."

Beyond Sleep is produced by KeyFilm's Hanneke Niens and Hans de Wolf (Soof, Nena, Ventoux, Twin Sisters) in coproduction with broadcaster VPRO and Nordisk Film, in cooperation with FilmCamp and was realised with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO and the Norwegian Film Institute. September Film will be releasing Beyond Sleep in Dutch cinemas on 11 February.