Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree International has picked up Dutch family film My Extraordinary Summer With Tess ahead of the film’s premiere in the Generation strand of the 2019 Berlinale.
The film is the feature debut of director Steven Wouterlood. It was produced by Piet-Harm Sterk and Joram Willink at Dutch company BIND. September Film has pre-bought Benelux rights and is lining up a release in autumn 2019.
Based on the novel of the same name by Anna Woltz, which has been published around the world, the film follows a family on holiday on the Dutch island of Terschelling. When the youngest member of the family meets an elusive girl, he gets drawn into an adventure.
The project is a co-production with Germany’s Ostlicht Filmproduktion and is the first film to come out of the Children Co-development Fund collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund and German fund MDM.
Director Wouterlood’s previous work includes the short film Anything Goes, which won an International Emmy Kids award and a TIFF Kids Award in Toronto.
At Berlin, Picture Tree is also representing Marie Kreuzter’s The Ground Beneath My Feet, which is screening in Competition.