PRPL/ONS: Once upon a Ladder

Short film (47 min). Written by Matthijs Bocking & Eva M.C. Zanen, directed by Eva M.C. Zanen.

Dutch visitors can view Once upon a Ladder online HERE.

Incredibly enough, one day before the start of his pension and just hours before his 65th birthday, window cleaner Alfred suddenly finds himself stricken by vertigo. A 64-year and 364-day journey through glass and lather reveals why he is afraid to either go up or go down the ladder. And whilst he finds himself to be an accidental Cupid by hitting anyone but himself with his arrows, it’s not until that particular day, 44 years after meeting Dirkje for the first time, that he realizes he has to point the arrow at himself.

Once upon a Ladder is a tragic but utterly romantic comedy about love at first sight and gathering the courage for 44 years to make the first move.

Year: 2016

Writers: Matthijs Bocking & Eva M.C. Zanen
Director: Eva M.C. Zanen
Cast: Egbert Jan Weeber, Laus Steenbeeke, Judith Noyons, Joke Tjalsma, Melody Klaver, Dave Mantel, Rein Hofman, Jessica Zeylmaker, amongst others.
Producer: Ellen Havenith
Development in collaboration with:
In co-production with: NTR, VARA, VPRO
Winner of: The ‘Zilveren Krulstraart’ (awarded by the Dutch Screenwriters Guild) for Best Scenario Short Film.

One Night Stand: Dutch broadcasters NTR, VARA and VPRO, Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund and CoBO collaborate to stimulate new talent in developing film and television. For these promising filmmakers they organise the 11th edition of One Night Stand, a series of six (50 minutes) drama productions. PRPL produced these series together with BALDR Film en Viking Film.