by Diederik Ebbinge

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Fred is 54 year old and lives alone. He rides around in the local bus, virtuously attending church and eating his green beans, meat and potatoes at 6 o'clock on the dot every day. One day, Theo wander into the life of Fred and turns his well organized lift upside down. With the special talent of the stranger Theo, Fred starts to set out into the big, wide world. Will he fulfill his dream.

Awards & Festivals

Best Film at Napoli Film Festival!
Grand Prix at Skip City Film Festival!
Grand Prix (Main Prize) at Cabourg Film Festival!
Winner of the "Audience Award" in Rotterdam!
World Premiere in Rotterdam!
Winner of Russian Guild of Film Critics: Main Award
Winner of Russian Film Club Federation: Best Film Award
Moscow IFF: Audience Award!
Shanghai Int'l Film Festival - Panorama
International Premiere - Moscow Int'l Film Festival
Best New Director Award - Valladolid Seminci IFF
Best Film, Best Actor (Ton Kas) and Best Script at Zinegoak (Spain)!
Audience Award at Side by Side LGBT Festival (Saint Petersburg, Russia)!
Best Actors (Ton Kas & René van 't Hof) and Best Scenario Awards in Les Gai Cine Mad (Spain)!
Best Actor (Ton Kas) in Comedy Cluj (Romania)!
'Pilar Miró' Prize to the Best New Director for Diederik Ebbinge at Valladolid IFF!
In competition for Audience and Jury award at LesGaiCineMad
International Premiere in Moscow Int'l Film Festival - In Competition
Jury Award for Best Film at Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival!
Opening Film at Grenoble LGBT FF!


Ton Kas, René van ‘t Hof, Porgy Franssen

Director Bio

Diederik Ebbinge studied at The School for Drama & Contemporary Music Theatre. He is a well-know actor, directed and wrote two short movies: NAKED and award-winning SUCCES. Ebbinge directed the TV-movie JUST HANS and MATTERHORN is his first feature film.

Director Statement

Matterhorn is a tragicomedy about loneliness, love and liberation. To me, Matterhorn is a personal story of enlightenment in a general way. The story concerns all of us; how much time, energy and inner struggle it can cost to come to insight about ourselves and our surroundings and to free yourself. Never before did I feel more engaged with something I was making. Although the story is in no way autobiographical, you look right into my soul. I cannot find the words to explain this, and that is exactly why I wanted to make this film.

Cast Bio

Ton Kas is a Dutch director, actor and writer. Kas received three VSCD Mime-prices and won the Golden Kalf-Award at the Netherlands Film Festival for Best Supporting Actor in Eddy Terstall’s VOX POPULI.

Rene van’t Hof co-founded the Theater group Carver. As an actor he played in numerous film, theatre, and TV productions. He became well known as Kees Flodder in the first two award winning FLODDER movies by Dick Maas. Van‘t Hof won the Golden Kalf-Award for Best Supporting Actor in PLAN C and received the VSCD Mime-Price.

Porgy Franssen graduated from The Theatre Academy before he started working for several theatre, fi lm and TV productions as a freelance actor and director. He won the Golden Kalf-Award for Best Actor in the award-winning TV Series BIJ NADER INZIEN (OT) by Berlinale’s Golden Bear-nominee and Silver Bear-winner Frans Weisz. Franssen received the Mary Dresselhuys-Award for his entire work.


Director/Writer: Diederik Ebbinge
Cinematography: Dennis Wielaert 
Editor: Michiel Reichwein 
Sound Design: Giel van Geloven
Production Design: Elza Kroonenberg
Production Manager: Saskia van der Tas
Line Producer: Manu Hartsuyker
Associate producer: Joost de Wolf, VPRO
Producer: Gijs van de Westelaken 
Production Company: Column Film in co-production with the VPRO & Grobbendonk Films. This production was produced as a part of the special project Telefi lm

Original Title: Matterhorn / Alexa Cinemascope 235 / Colour / 88 min 5.1 Sound / Dutch with English subtitles DCP, Digibeta available / The Netherlands 2013

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