PRPL/The Paradise Suite

Feature film (2h 03min), written & directed by Joost van Ginkel. Watch the trailer HERE (Dutch visitors can buy/rent the film HERE).

The Paradise Suite is a story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other’s lives irreversibly. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her journey to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her grueling captivity forces the angelic African, Yaya, to fight for her freedom – a dangerous fight in which he loses everything but his beloved faith. The Serbian war criminal Ivica, who has just become a father, is painfully confronted with the fact that crimes will never go unpunished. Bosnian Seka has nothing left to live for except her vengeance but as it turns out, it’s that same vengeance that brings love back in her life. And when the Swedish piano-wonder boy, Lukas, runs away from his new temporary home, his father Stig finally realizes that their mutual passion for music is damaging their relationship.

Year: 2015
Written & directed by: Joost van Ginkel
Producers: Ellen Havenith, Jeroen Beker, Olle Wirenhed, Kalinovi Brothers 
In co-production with: GötaFilm (SE), Film i Väst (SE), KaBoAl Pictures (BG) Supported by: Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Eurimages, Swedish Film Institute and Bulgarian National Film Center 
Developed within: EAVE 2012
Presented at: CineMart (IFFR) and Sofia Meetings (SIFF).
Distributor Benelux: September Film
World Sales: Media Luna New Films

Selected for: Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (Discovery Section), Netherlands Film Festival 2015, 39th São Paulo International Film Festival 2015 (New Filmmakers Competition), International Diaspora Film Festival Toronto 2015, Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn (Main competition) 2015, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016, Chennai International Film Festival India, Göteborg International Film Festival Sweden, Bengaluru International Film Festival India, Mill Valley Film Festival USA (For Your Consideration Series), European Union Film Festival Chicago USA (Opening film), Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara Mexico (International Panorama), 20th Sofia International Film Festival (International Competition), PKO Off Camera FF Poland (Discoveries), Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Competition), EU Festival Romania, 25th European Film Festival Nairobi Kenia, Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe, Dutch Film Days Vienna, 34th Golden Rose Film Festival Bulgaria (Competition), European Film Awards Feature Film Selection 2016,  30th Braunschweig International Film Festival Germany, Cairo International Film Festival Egypt, Festival de Cine Global Dominicano -Dominican Republic, Europe on Screen 2017 – Indonesia (DISCOVERY section).

Winner of: Angela Award for Anjela Nedyalkova @ the Subtitle European Film Festival, International Comepetion Jury Award for Best Actor for Isaka Sawadogo @ Talinn Black Nights Film Festival, International Competition Prize for Best Film Depicting Christian Values @ Talinn Black Nights Film Festival, Special Mention Award for Anjela Nedyalkova @ the 20th Sofia International Film Festival, World View Award @ Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe, Best Screenplay for Joost van Ginkel, Best Actor for Issaka Sawadogo and Best Film for Ellen Havenith (PRPL) and Jeroen Beker (Bastide Films) @ Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht 2016, Audience Award @ 30th Braunschweig International Film Festival Germany, selected for the European Film Awards – Feature Film Selection 2016, Winner of Between the Rivers programme @ 11.Mostar Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dutch Entry Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film 2016 & European  Film Awards  – Feature Film Selection 2016.