The Dacha / De Datsja
Fiction, youth drama, 2013
The Dacha, youth drama (2013)
Written & Directed by Mirka Duijn & Nina Spiering

A boy creates a fiction to get to terms with his grief.

Jordy, an eleven-year-old boy, experiences family disruption when his homesick mother returns to her home country Russia. In an attempt to bring her back, he constructs a Russian house, a dacha, in their backyard. Although his mother doesn't return, Jordy's efforts eventually get his family back on track.

Broadcasting: EO
Produced by: Revolver,
Line producer: Maarten van der Ven
Funded by the The Dutch Media Fund

Nominated 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.”

Won o.a., Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival 2014, Prix Jeunesse 2014