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Bride Flight

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Bride Flight is a lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women who escape the gloom of post-WWII Holland for what they hope will be a better life in New Zealand. Ada, the shy but sensual farm girl, Marjorie, who dreams of a big family, and Esther, a Holocaust survivor who aspires to be a fashion designer, become fast friends during the long flight taking them to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Lavishly entertaining...Fascinating, beautifully acted and magnificently photographed.”

Rex Reed

NY Observer

"A haunting masterpiece with the power of Doctor Zhivago…"

Moving Pictures

"Four and half stars! Terrific."

Stephen Whitty

Star Ledger

Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Feature Film

Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Actress, Karine Smulders

Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Director, Ben Sombogaart

Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Cinematographer

Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Screenplay

Winner! Scottsdale Film Festival 2010 - Audience Award for Best Film

Winner! Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2010 - Audience Favorite Award

Winner! Rehoboth Beach Film Festival 2010 - Best Feature

Winner! Nederlands Film Festival 2009 Golden Calf Award - Best Supporting Actress, Pleuni Touw

Nederlands Film Festival 2009 Golden Calf Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actor, Micha Hulshof

Winner! Rembrandt Awards 2009 - Best Film Song

Rembrandt Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Film

Winner! Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2009 - Golden Film Award

Cast & Crew
  • Ada : Karina Smulders
  • Marjorie : Elise Schaap
  • Esther : Anna Drijver
  • Frank : Waldemar Torenstra
  • Old Frank : Rutger Hauer
  • Old Ada : Pleuni Touw
  • Old Marjorie : Petra Laseur
  • Old Esther : Willeke Van Ammelrooy
  • Director : Ben Sombogaart
  • Screenplay : Marieke van der Pol
  • Producers : Anton Smit & Hanneke Niens (IDTV Film), Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film), and NCRV
  • Cinematography : Piotr Kukla
  • Editing : Herman Koerts
  • Production Design : Michel de Graaf
  • Music : Jeannot Sanavia
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2008
  • Release Date : 06/10/11
  • Countries of Production : Netherlands, New Zealand
  • Languages : English, Dutch
  • Running Time : 130 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R For a Strong Sex Scene and Some Graphic Nudity
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