Haevn 'Fortitude' by Bram Schouw

Haevn 'Fortitude' by Bram Schouw
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Dutch director Bram Schouw, who signed to Blink in London in January, has created an affecting and unconventional drama for Dutch band Haevn.  

When a prisoner walks through the gates of his jail to his freedom, his first thought is to see his teenage son, about to take part in a wrestling competition. Schouw makes this moment impressively real, but then the perspective appears to shift from the man to the boy, taking part in the wrestling match, and looking beaten. 

Without giving too much away, there is a real message to be taken from the film about the impact of absence and that awful pain of missing someone. It's also about the importance of that crucial formative relationship between father and son. And that comes across through Schouw's impressive direction of his lead actors: Douglas Russell as the father and Denis Bolunov as the son.


Bram Schouw
Stephanie Paeplow
Production Company
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Production Company
Bonkers Amsterdam
Executive Producer
Paul Weston
Executive Producer
Saskia Kok
Head of Music Video
Richard Grewe
Service Company
Service Producer
Eskro Rips
Service Producer
Deniss Bardašov
1st AD
Tõnis Pill
Director of Photography
Paul Özgür
Focus Puller
Kalvis Kulackovskis
2nd AC
Laur-Erik Ruus
Hendrik Saks
Art Director
Kaia Tungal
Jörgen Terepson
Krislin Lainelo
Annelien Van Wijnbergen
Laurens Orij
Sam Seager
Denis Bolunov (Boy), Douglas Russell (Father)
Evelien Van Der Molen

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