Crows Nest // Kraaiennest (2018) - Short film

Joey (13) returns home to live with his mother Daphne after she has regained custody over him and his brother Ricardo (8). While celebrating their reunion, Joey’s resolve to restore their relationship is tested.

This project was funded by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten.

Jury’s reports:

'Flynn Von Kleist brings out powerful performances in this heartfelt and emotional tale about real people fighting against hardship in a big world.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

'Far too much on this boy's shoulder' Jan Harlan, Producer (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut)

'What makes you ‘family’? It's a question I've been asking myself all my life, from my personal experience. Is caring for each other something that makes family? But sometimes a non-biological ‘family member’ like a friend or a foster parent (in the film) takes better ‘care’ of you - with more sincerity and less selfishness - than someone with whom you have a blood connection. But still you can't get away, yet "family" is something elusive, you can't run away from it. Beautifully portrayed, the resilience of people, of children. Young and old keep trying, but seem unable to break old patterns.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Programmer at De Balie

'A heartfelt story that is at times a bit hard to watch. Perfect blend for something that matters so much.' Vincent van Ommen, Actor (The Dark Knight Rises, Amsterdam Heavy) 

Cast & crew:
Joey: Yfendo van Praag
Daphne: Romana Vrede
Ricardo: Fernando Fernandez
Tante: Farida van den Stoom

Director: Flynn von Kleist
Writer: Jeroen Scholten van Aschat
Producer: The Rogues
D.O.P.: Tim Kerbosch
Sound: Regard Ibrahim
Editor: Fatih Tura
Music: Terence Dunn

Length: 13'

Festival screenings & awards:
- GoShort International Film Festival 2019 - Winner Vevam GoShort Award for Best Dutch Film
- KO:SH Film Fest 2019
- Altan Khalis International Film Festival 2019
- One Shot 17th International Short Film Festival 2019
- Dutch Film Festival 2019
- Urban Film Festival 2019
- Seanema Film Festival 2019
- Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival 2019
- Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival 2019 - Winner Best Short Film
- Shortcutz Amsterdam 2020 - Winner Mr Zee Best Director, Mr Zee Best Cinematography, Mr Zee Best Actor. Nominated for Mr Zee Best Film & Mr Zee Audience Award, Mr Zee Best Screenplay, Mr Zee Best Actress
- 12th Jaipur International Film Festival 2020 - Winner Best Editor Award

Other screenings & selections:
- Het beste van de buren Cinema Zed
- Filmhuis Lumen best Dutch shorts
- Eye short film poule
- Het Lokaal Compliment, Nijmegen