Nova Zembla (2011)

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A Dutch exploration team sets sail to find the North East passage to the Indies. The weather had other ideas for them.


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Credited cast:
Catharina Plancius
Willem Barentsz
Petrus Plancius
Gerrit de Veer
Victor Reinier ...
Jacob van Heemskerck
Teun Kuilboer ...
Pieter Vos
Mads Wittermans ...
Bas Keijzer ...
Juda Goslinga ...
Jochum van der Woude ...
Jan Fransz
Herman Egberts ...
Donja de Wit ...
Rich lady
Joshua Tsukasa MacDonald ...
Arend Brandligt ...


This fact based drama chronicles the last journey of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk on their search for a new passage to the Indies. Due to icy waters, they are stranded on the island of Novaya Zemlya and have to spend the winter there. The story is told through the eyes of Gerrit de Veer, an officer on the same voyage, and is loosely based on the famous diary he published in 1598 after his safe return. Written by mahajanssen

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24 November 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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Director Reinout Oerlemans's inspiration to make the movie came from a drawing made by Johan Herman Isings, showing the Dutch crew fighting off a polar bear on Nova Zembla. Isings' depictions of historical events and scenery are very popular in the Netherlands and have been used for decades in the Dutch education system. See more »


The bird Claes found suddenly changes from a young Puffin into a Jackdaw. See more »


Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #7.19 (2011) See more »

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Too much 3D...
4 January 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

While I think the 3D-effect in today's cinema should enhance the human experience to get a certain feeling of stepping right into the scene, the three dimensional engineers of the Nova Zembla crew are taking the effect way too far. The extreme shallow dept-of-field (DOF) of most of the scenes creates an very unnatural effect. Not like the human eye it would see. 3D in Nova Zembla brings unnecessary unsharpness to wide shots instead of crisp details. It reminds me more of early cartoons and anime/manga than state-of-the-art improvement of the modern cinema experience. A missed chance for Reinout...

On the other hand, the shots from above (like the viewing angle used in the shots where we can see the boat from above) are well filmed. And the 3D-effect while filming from a lower angle through the grass does a great job. But those are just minutes of the whole movie play time.

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