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This film’s stars—animals and humans alike—are scarred and in pain. Each tries to overcome their heavy burdens with the meager means at their disposal: they bark, attack, rage wildly, run, hide, or shrink in terror. But just like in a fairytale, in this animal shelter in Amsterdam, love conquers all. This love grows slowly, carefully nurtured by both parties. It grows thanks to the caretakers, who refuse to give up even when met with extremely aggressive dogs, anxious cats, or birds that seem beyond reach; and thanks to the animals, who learn to trust humans again. The animals get exceptional care, and in return, the caretakers and future pet owners get unconditional love.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Visions Du Reel

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 09:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Fri 09.07 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 31st

Saskia Gubbels is a documentary filmmaker from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She studied at the Art Academy in Maastricht and Visual Arts at the St. Joost Academy in Breda where she graduated cum laude as an Audiovisual Program Maker.

Many of Saskia Gubbels’ characters are part of a large world around them; the depressed people in the world of psychiatry in 0.8 Ampere Happiness, the deaf girl Ellen in the hearing world in Through the ears of Ellen, Naomi in the world of addiction in Naomi’s secret. The group in relation to the individual and how they relate to each other is a theme that recurs more often in her films. Gubbels tries to get a grip on that larger world by zooming in on the individual, the grandeur of the world that surrounds them, permeates the human stories that she portrays. In her films she likes to explore worlds that are unknown from the outside, sometimes even scary or serious, but the stories always contain a certain lightness and humor.

Production: Janneke Doolaard, Harmen Jalvingh
Production Company: DOXY
Editing: Riekje Ziengs, Jeroen Goeijers, Mieneke Kramer, Jelle Redeker
Cinematography: Jean Counet, Aafke Beernink, Maasje Ooms
Sound Design: Jeroen Goeijers