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In Blue

NICU (15) quickly manages to charm Lin with jokes and offers his services as a tour guide. Lin, intrigued by the boy, accepts. The next day she even lets him take her across the tracks of a subway tunnel. Nicu is full of stories about his home and mother, but the filth on his clothing and underneath his nails tell a different story. When Lin is gone, he returns to his underground world of the subway platforms, tunnels and heating shafts, where he gets high on silver paint. And he looks after his sister FLORI (6) in a youth institution. Back home, Lin misses the boy. She starts to change her flight schedule to include Bucharest, to spend time with him. She enjoys their meetings more than she can explain. All of a sudden, she can take care of someone, like a mother. When she pays a maternity visit to the baby she delivered, she lies about having a 15-year-old son herself. But she enjoys Nicu’s physicality as well. Nicu isn’t sure what to think of the lady in blue. He’s used to selling his body to men in the public toilets. He expects her to want to have sex with him and leads on to that himself. But while having sex keeps on being delayed, Nicu realizes that he misses Lin when she’s gone. He starts lying to Flori when she asks why he hasn’t ripped off that lady in blue yet. While Lin seems to get in in touch with pain from her past, her playing the role of Nicu’s mother also starts to gnaw at her. He is still a boy. What mother would leave her child out in the cold? Finally Nicu trusts Lin enough to invite her into his underground world. And as Lin allows Nicu to sleep in her hotel room, in her bed even, he seems to hope that she will take him with her. But the more they are drawn together and open up to each other –and Lin seems to heal– the more it becomes clear that Nicu’s scars run much deeper and that their lives are worlds apart.

Jaap van Heusden



  • Monday 20th : Press & Industry previews
  • Tuesday 21st : Opening Film, Opening Party, Sailer Retroperspective 
  • Wendesday 22nd : Start of the Competition 2018,  Cinema in the City 
  • Thursday 23rd : Drive In Theater “Dirty Dancing” 
  • Friday 24th : Open Air event at Kitzbueheler Horn, Drive In Theater “Drive”
  • Saturday 25th : Award Ceremony and Closing Party 
  • Sunday 26th : Additional screenings of all awarded films of FFKB 2018



  • Monday 20th : annual members meeting of the FFKB Association
  • Tuesday 21st : Opening Night
  • Wendesday 22nd : Jury’s “Weisswurst Brunch” 
  • Thursday 23rd : Directors and Producers Brunch,  Drive In Theater #1 including a Concert & BBQ.
  • Friday 24th : Sundown and Warm-Up at the Kitzbueheler Horn, Drive In Theater #2 including a concert & BBQ, “Alpinesdating” Pitches (Forum for Producers),  FFKB-Alumni party
  • Saturday 25th : “Alpendating” Brunch in cooperation with FFF (Bavaria), IDM (Alto Adige), ÖFI (Austria), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Switzerland)
    Award Show & Gala Event 

Country Netherlands
Year 2017
Length 102
Language Dutch, English, Romanian
Director Jaap van Heusden
Jan Willem den Bok & Jaap van Heusden
Producer IJswater Films, Marc Bary
Ijswater Films
Melle van Essen
Editor Jasper Quispel
Cast Maria Kraakman (Lin)
Bogdan Iancu (Nicu)

Playtime and Theater

DO. 23.08. – 16:00 


SA. 25.08. – 21:00