by Sacha Polak

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Hemel has lived closely with her father Gijs since the death of her mother. Gijs has an endless string of women attached to him, but Hemel feels that none of them is a threat to their exclusive relationship. 

This changes when Gijs falls in love with the young auctioneer Sophie. Meanwhile Hemel fights a guerrilla war with every man in town, looking for the difference between sex and love.

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival (1st Feature Competition) FIPRESCI
IN COMPETITION at Mostra Sao Paulo.
IN COMPETITION at Molodist Kyiv Int. Film Festival.
IN COMPETITION at Copenhagen Film Festival (CPH PIX) .
IN COMPETITION at Buenos Aires Film Festival (BAFICI)
WINNER of the "FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Film Award" at Berlin Intl. Film Festival.


Hemel: Hannah Hoekstra
Gijs: Hans Dagelet
Sophie: Rifka Lodeizen
Douwe: Mark Rietman
Brechtje: Barbara Sarafian
Emma: Eva Duijvestein
Joris: Ward Weemhoff
Jimmy: Ali Ben Horsting
Scooter guy: Abdullah El Baoudi
Annabelle: Elske Rotteveel
Teun: Maarten Heijermans

Director Bio

Sacha Polak (1982) graduated in 2006 From The Netherlands Film And Television Academy with her short film TEER which was selected for a number of international film festivals. Her short films EL MOURABBI (2007), DRANG (2008) and UNDER THE TABLE (2008) followed. In 2009, she took part in the Directors’ Lab at the Binger Filmlab. HEMEL is Polak’s feature film debut.

Cast Bio

Hannah Hoekstra (1987) graduated in 2010 from the Amsterdam School for Drama and Contemporary Music Theatre. She did her pre-grad, work experience at NT Ghent and in 2010 acted in the performance LATE EVENING IDEALS by Sanne Vogel. Hannah appeared as well in the performance Sneeuwmeisjes (Snowgirls). HEMEL is her first role in a feature film!
Hans Dagelet (1945) has appeared since 1973 in various productions, including THE LIFT, ALL STARS, OLIVIER ETC. and OYSTERS AT NAM KEE’S as well as many TV Series. Over the course of his career, he won many prizes, including the “Louis d’Or Award” and the “Prix d’Italia”

Rifka Lodeizen (1972) had her first role in BASTARDS & BRIDESMAIDES. After that, she acted in films as RENT A FRIEND, SIMON and TIRAMISU and won the “Golden Calf Award for Best Actress” at the Netherlands Film Festival for her role in CAN GO THROUGH SKIN.


Writer: Helena van der Meulen
Cinematographer: Daniël Bouquet N.S.C.
Editor: Axel Skovdal Roelofs
Composer: Rutger Reinders
Sound Design: Jan Schermer
Casting: Rebecca van Unen
Costume Design: Sara Hakkenberg
Make up: Karijn van Brink
Production design: Elsje de Bruin
Line producer: Ilse Ronteltap
Producer: Stienette Bosklopper
Production Company: Circe Films BV
Co-producers: VPRO Television, Bella Cohen Films, Jaleo Films

Original Title: Hemel / 1:2.35 (35mm) / 1:2.39 (DCP) / Colour / Dolby SRD / 80 min / 35mm, DCP & HDCam available / Dutch with English subtitles / The Netherlands/Spain 2012

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