On the Edge of the Lake

The adopted Soo-Ji (15) and her brother Manuel (17) make a striking appearance among the blond and blue-eyed people in the Dutch village they live in. While Soo-Ji feels part of the community Manuel struggles with his identity, which has an effect on their whole family. Soo-Ji initially does not understand Manuel's frustration, but slowly she begins to discover a part of herself she denied for a long time.

What have you achieved so far with the BoostNL programme? 

We met several amazing professionals during BoostNL at the Netherlands Film Festival. We had a great feedback session with script editor David Pope about our project, this really helped us to take the next step in our development. The BoostNL programme made us more aware about the project and our special features. This helped us to summarise and pitch our feature film in a clear and enthusiastic way to other film professionals. Besides this we started to think about the marketing of the film and how to position it.


What would be your ideal next steps for your project? 

Meet potential co producers and sales agents (aimed at first female directors) who love the story as much as we do. We want to apply for production funding at the Netherlands Film Fund upcoming year and for this application we need to attach all our potential partners.

We also would like to talk to directors who have worked with (teenage) non-actors, like Lukas Dhont.



Concept still: On the Edge of the Lake

Concept still: On the Edge of the Lake

Concept still: On the Edge of the Lake

Director’s Bio: 

Hyo Soon Kaag graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) in 2014 with a focus on screenplay and directing. Her short film Binnen Vier Muren won several awards at the Eindhoven Film Festival and the Leiden International Short Film Festival. That same year she made the short film Double Fasse, as part of the Follow Gent project. In 2015 she received a development grant for early career screenwriters for her project Violetta from the Netherlands Film Fund. She wrote and directed the short film Kinshasa (2016) and the single play Krassen (2021). She is currently writing her first feature film On the Edge of the Lake, with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund. 


Producer’s Bio: 

Family Affair Films is based in Amsterdam. We produce high-quality, artistic, topical and contemporary television drama, creative documentaries, animation and feature films with a strong author-driven vision. 

Our credits include Bloody Marie by Guido van Driel & Lennert Hillege (IFFR 2019), Light As Feathers by Rosanne Pel (Toronto 2018) and co-productions including Binti (Sundance 2020) (Berlinale 2013) and Nothing Personal (winner of six awards Locarno 2009). Bianca Stigter’s documentary Three Minutes – A Lengthening premiered in 2021 (Venice,

Toronto, Telluride and IDFA 2021; Sundance 2022). Steve McQueen’s documentary Occupied City is in post-production. 

In 2022 we shot 4 features: Guido van Driel’s third feature When We Lost to the Germans, Joren Molter’s feature Summer Brother, Jeroen Houben’s Torch Song, and The White Flash by Laura Hermanides.

Hyo Soon Kaag, director

Hyo Soon Kaag_Director-On the edge of the lake


Chris Stenger, producer

Chris Stenger_Producer-On the edge of the Lake