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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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Reinout Oerlemans
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert de Hoog ... Gerrit de Veer
Victor Reinier ... Jacob van Heemskerck
Jan Decleir ... Petrus Plancius
Juda Goslinga Juda Goslinga ... Laurens
Derek de Lint ... Willem Barentsz
Herman Egberts Herman Egberts ... Harmen
Bas Keijzer Bas Keijzer ... Kok
Teun Kuilboer Teun Kuilboer ... Pieter Vos
Mads Wittermans Mads Wittermans ... Chirurgijn
Semmy Schilt Semmy Schilt ... Claes
Jochum van der Woude Jochum van der Woude ... Jan Fransz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angie Andradóttir Angie Andradóttir ... Puffin
Arend Brandligt Arend Brandligt ... Adriaan
Donja de Wit Donja de Wit ... Rich lady
Arjan Duine Arjan Duine ... Oene
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

24 November 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Conquest See more »

Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€979,135 (Netherlands), 27 November 2011, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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A beautiful ship on her voyage but led by an inexperienced captain
23 April 2012 | by kdv93See all my reviews

Nova Zembla doesn't hold up to the promises made. In fact, it fails utterly, which, truly, is a shame. An adventurous story, a beautiful setting and (for Dutch standards) good acting but all that cannot make watching this film bearable.

The storytelling is unbelievably slow. While being promised an action-packed heroic story it instead halts drastically every time a little climax should be due, resulting in the opposite. And if your film is to be made for a Dutch audience based on a classic Dutch history lesson almost every Dutch person will remember, you just can't get away with it. Not even with showing random scenes of Doutzen Kroes' breasts.

The cast was fine though and the acting wasn't particularly bad. The lines didn't seem forced and it all had a genuine feel, which is often lacking in Dutch films. The technical side of this film wasn't bad either and the effects, costumes, locations and props are a rare perfect blend.

It is clear this film lacked the experience of a great captain and should be a learning opportunity for inexperienced director Reinout Oerlemans. Nova Zembla fails to hoist the colours and sail full speed ahead and instead feels more like a rowing boat without oars. A typical trailer-beats-film.


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