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De Nieuwe Wereld (2013)

A chance meeting between a Dutch cleaner and an African asylum seeker leads to an unexpected relationship and two extraordinary weeks.


Jaap van Heusden

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Credited cast:
Teun Stokkel Teun Stokkel ... Adri
Mimoun Oaïssa Mimoun Oaïssa ... Counsel for the prosecution
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ... Johan
Tarikh Janssen ... Erwin
Issaka Sawadogo ... Luc (as Isaka Sawadogo)
Tjebbo Gerritsma Tjebbo Gerritsma ... Sjors
Ali Cifteci Ali Cifteci ... Pawnbroker
Saskia Temmink Saskia Temmink ... Counsellor
Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga ... Fien
Bianca Krijgsman Bianca Krijgsman ... Mirte
Jenny Hsia ... Asian woman
Eelco Smits Eelco Smits ... Government Official
Leyla Cimen Leyla Cimen ... Colleague
Annemarie Prins Annemarie Prins ... Neighbor
Abel Nienhuis Abel Nienhuis ... Colleague


Mirte is the grumpiest cleaner in the airport immigration centre, a single mother who cannot take care of her 9-year old son, just managing to keep a grip on her life by following a strict set of routines. That is until Luke arrives, a West African refugee who is not put off by her aggression. During the ten days of his asylum procedure their disruptive encounters lead to an unexpected relationship that will challenge Mirte to change her life. Written by IJswater Films

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30 January 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

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Novi svet See more »

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IJswater Films, NTR See more »
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In 2014 Bianca Krijgsman won an International Emmy Award for best actress for her role of Mirte in this film. She had not prepared a speech because she was certain she would not win. See more »


Mirte and her son are at a certain moment confronted with an obscene image of a naked man. The chuckle points to her colleagues. However, the incident that leads to the gossip, she and Luc alone in the men's room, follows later in the film. See more »

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The seeking of asylum is a soul experience
2 August 2013 | by henk-447-233237See all my reviews

This is a beautiful film and its sad but yet uplifting story of asylum seeking engaged me compellingly from its very first frame, deeply reaching in a series of thoughtfully cut scenes, constantly keeping our attention and involvement inquisitively. Nothing in this film's portrayal is superfluous. The acting is strong and the film is superbly cast and extraordinarily well edited. In 85 minutes a deeply meaningful and humane story unfolds. A revealing insight to the seeking of and longing for compassion and a new life by two human souls, who meet in a suspended no-man's land, in which they come together through the experience of different but also sharing human circumstances.

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