Beyond Sleep

Beyond Sleep

by Boudewijn Koole

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Geologist Alfred has given himself the task of proving the hypothesis that the peculiar round holes that can be found in Lapland are actually the result of meteorites. He joins a scientific expedition across the tundras of northern Norway, a journey that is plagued by setbacks from the start. His fellow geologists are so much better equipped in dealing with the brutal environment than he is. Mosquitoes keep him awake. Eventually, Alfred loses his com- pass, his companions, his faith, his bearings and his way.

Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016


Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Alfred)
Pål Sverre Hagen (Arne)
Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Mikkelsen)
Thorbjørn Harr (Qvigstad)

Director Bio

BOUDEWIJN KOOLE took the cinema world by storm with his debut feature Kauwboy (2012). The story of a lonely ten-year-old who finds comfort in raising a Jackdaw became an instant critics’ darling worldwide. It won over 30 major awards, among others the European Discovery Award, a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale, was the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards and was voted Best European Youth Film in 2013.

Director Statement

I want to present the film as a cinematic impression of a quest for eternity. On top of the hill a white fox in the mist, a net full of fish, sweaty skin, a green soap like a soft stone in a cold mountain lake, flies on the face of a dead man. Such a gruesome beautiful picture. That's not sleeping, that's beyond sleep.

Cast Bio

REINOUT SCHOLTEN VAN ASCHAT was born in 1989 in The Netherlands and is known for Beyond Sleep (2016), Borgman (2013) and The Heineken Kidnapping (2011), for which he received the Golden Calf for Best Actor. In 2016 he was an European Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival.


Director: Boudewijn Koole
Screenwriters: Boudewijn Koole
Based on a novel by: Willem Frederik Hermans
Producers: Hanneke Niens & Hans De Wolf
Co-Producers: Aage Aaberge, Joost De Wolf, Filmcamp 
Line Producer: Eva Visser
Cinematographer: Melle Van Essen n.s.c.
Editor: Gys Zevenbergen
Production Designer: Merete Bostrøm
Costume Designer: Merete Bostrøm 
Casting: Kemna Casting, Cannibal Casting
Make-Up & Hair: Veslemøy Fosse Ree
Composer: Alex Simu
Sound Designer: Mark Glynne
Production Company: KeyFilm

Original Title: Beyond Sleep / Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 / Colour / 109 min / Audio 5.1 / English, Dutch, Norwegian / Drama, Adventure / Netherlands, Norway 2016

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