The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, 2014, 102’

directed by: Tamar van den Dop

written by: Tamar van den Dop

cast: Gaite Jansen, Tamar van den Dop, Bob Schwarze

cinematography: Gregor Meerman

edited by: Katarina Türler

producers: Raymond van der Kaaij, Dijana Olcay-Hot

production: Revolver Amsterdam, Coin Film, Epidemic Film, IJswater Films

festivals and awards: 

Berlinale 2014; Chicago International Film Festival 2014; Motovun Film Festival 2014; Xining International Film Festival 2014 – Grand Prix; Brasilia International Film Festival 2014


"There's nothing here", says fifteen-year-old Meis about her home. Indeed, their modest family home is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by flat countryside. Meis lives there with her paranoid mother (played by the film's director herself), lethargic father and demented grandmother. She kills time riding her bike, contemplating about the creation of the world, molecules, gravity and exploding stars. She often goes to an old bridge where she enjoys the sun and indulges in erotic daydreaming. Then, one day, she has a traffic accident and she meets a young and handsome driver. It is a refreshingly peculiar and cheerful story about coming of age of a girl.

Tamar van den Dop was born in 1970 in Amsterdam. A graduate of the Maastricht Theatre Academy, in 1997 she performed in Mike van Diem’s Oscar-winning film Character. Her 2002 short film Lot was the Dutch nomination for the 2002 Academy Awards, as well as her next flm Schat. Supernova is her second feature film.