Secrets of War

Conflict rages across Europe and the Nazis have occupied the Netherlands, but for twelve-year-old best friends Tuur (Maas Bronkhuyzen) and Lambert (Joes Brauers), not much seems to have changed: they still go to school each day, and still play “War” with their wooden guns in the forest and underground caves just outside their small village. But the realities of the conflict soon intrude on their familiar world: Lambert is bullied over his family’s affiliation with the local Nazi party, while Tuur’s parents and brother are mysteriously quiet on the subject of a resistance group rumoured to be developing in the town. When the boys begin to compete for the attentions of Maartje (Pippa Allen), a young newcomer to their class, their bond is put to the test. And when Maartje grows closer to Tuur, Lambert’s jealousy sets in motion a series of events that will alter all three children’s lives. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]

Plan C

Ronald Plasmeyer (Ruben Van Der Meer) is a small-time Amsterdam detective, struggling with financial problems because of his gambling habit. When the Chinese crime boss Hao threatens Ronald’s ex-wife and son to get his money back, Ronald comes up with a plan that will solve all his problems. Ronald enlists two petty criminals (Ton Kas and René Van ‘t Hof) to rob an illegal poker tournament he’s taking part in, providing him with a perfect alibi. Quick, simple and non-violent; the plan is foolproof… until people start getting killed. Soon, Ronald’s partners take off with the money, leaving him empty handed. To make matters worse Ronald’s colleagues in the police force begin to suspect him of the robbery, setting the stage for a nerve-racking game of cat and mouse. Ronald is all-in… holding the worst hand of his life.