Dandelion Game







Selected for Cannes Junior, 1998
Giffoni 1998: Best début
Olympia 1998: Best direction – Best film


Maurits is twelve and has become difficult and unruly, refusing to accept his mother's death. He just denies it.
His father, who restores paintings for a living is too sad himself to bother.

Maurits creates his own imaginary world in the nature surrounding his riverside village.

One spring day he encounters Moniek, a mysterious girl who appears every now and then and joins Maurits on his expeditions into the wetlands. He shows her the foal he saw being born, teaches her the names of the birds and tells her how to play the dandelion game...

Maurits' lively curiosity and unreleased anger provoke extreme emotions. He starts a bonfire, with Moniek as Joan of Arc; when he finds a dead dog in the river, he almost goes berserk.

At the end of summer, Moniek doesn't want to see Maurits ever again.
This time, Maurits can't just deny it. Frustrated, he tries magic to get Moniek back but it doesn't work.
He now realises that he needs his father's help, which causes both of them to begin to find a way to accept their grief.

In the autumn, Moniek returns. She takes Maurits to his mother's grave and makes him really say goodbye to her.
The world is almost what it was: whole.

THE DANDELION GAME ends in the blinding whiteness of winter.
As his father finally decides to become a painter himself, Maurits wants Moniek to skate with him across the frozen river. But Moniek refuses: Maurits has to do it all on his own.

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Peter Van Wijk


Molenwiek Film


Corsan, Antwerp

Production manager

Simon Jansen

executive producer
Creative procer

Michel van Laer SBC
Jules van den Steenhoven NSC
Willy Stassen SBC

sound asst.

Raymond van 't Groenewoud


Jan Dop CSC
Hens van Rooij

sound editing

KLINK, Amsterdam


Cineco, Amsterdam

Special thanks

Aschwin, Quinn
Françoise Offenberg
Theo Willemsen
Manon Ridderbeks