TrustNordisk shoots for Dutch feature ‘Do Not Hesitate’

TrustNordisk has boarded international sales for Do Not Hesitate, directed by Venezuela-born director Shariff Korver.

The story follows a Dutch military convoy working on a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. When three young soldiers guarding their vehicle on a desolate mountain road accidentally shoot and kill a goat, they don’t know if they can trust a 14-year-old goatherd following an ambush.

Described a suspenseful drama, the film is currently in production. Screen International could reveal the first image.

TrustNordisk sales and project manager Silje Nikoline Glimsdal said: “When I first read the script for Do Not Hesitate, I immediately sensed that the story, along with its entire approach to the war-film genre, was very original.

”I truly believe that this intense and nerve-wrecking drama will pull the audience into a rabbit hole of paranoia and suspense and leave them contemplating the vast consequences of sending very young men to war.”

Jolein Laarman wrote the script while the cinematographer is Nadim Carlsen, who also shot Ali Abbasi’s Border. Joes Brauers, Spencer Bogaert and Tobias Kersloot head the cast.

Producers are Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit and Emily Morgan for Lemming Film, which has recently co-produced Monos, Zama and The Lobster.

Co-producers are Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas for Heretic and Marina Blok for Dutch public broadcaster NTR.

Do Not Hesitate is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Fund production incentive, CoBO fund, Greek Film Center, EKOME, in collaboration with September Film, with the support of Creative Europe.

Korver’s debut feature The Intruder (Infiltrant) played at Toronto 2014, and he has recently created Dutch TV show Fenix and directed several episodes of UK TV series Temple.

Korver said: “With Do Not Hesitate, I want to make the audience smile, to move them and make them sit at the edge of their seat.”

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