The Dacha

Drama / children’s movie, 2012

Jordy is an eleven year old boy who’s family has not been functioning after his homesick mother went back to her homecountry Russia. Jordy devises a masterplan to get her back. He builds a Russian house, a dacha, in the backyard of their house. He is convinced this will make his mother feel at home again. Eventually his mother doesn’t come back, but Jordy’s actions do get his family back on track.

screen-shot-2016-08-30-at-18-52-11Nominated for the Dutch Cinekid Kinderkast Price for Best Fiction Film 2013: 

“The Dacha is a beautiful, moving and at times even melancholic story about a boy who has to miss his mother. Combined with a visual humoristic style this film is well balanced, not too dark for kids and their family. The makers do not choose for an easy solution, the mother does not come back to the boy. But father and son learn to deal with her absence, in that sense the film still has a happy (and realistic) ending. The film has an universal theme on loss and letting go on the level of children.”

Written & directed by Mirka Duijn & Nina Spiering

Executive producer: Maarten van der Ven

a Revolver Media Production, EO, The Dutch Media Fund

Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival 2014, Prix Jeunesse 2014

Watch the movie here: De Datsja