Amsterdam, January 20th 2020 – Ariane Schluter (LUCIA DE B.), Hannah Hoekstra (DE HELLEVEEG), Liz Snoijink (DOKTER DEEN), Axel Daeseleire (PENOZA), Lisa Smit (ARES/Netflix, BAANTJER HET BEGIN), Marie-Louise Stheijns (WALDSTILLE), Marcel Hensema (GOUD, HOLLANDS HOOP), Thor Braun (OOGAPPELS) and Gurkan Kücüksentürk (KLEM) are added to the cast of feature film MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE, directed by Antoinette Beumer, of which the shooting is in full speed.

Beumer: “Working on this film is better than I ever could have expected. I am incredibly proud of this amazing cast, it is such a joy to work with them”. Producer Frans van Gesteld adds: “Antoinette came to me with her ambitions to direct a film adaptation of her own book a few years ago. Now that it’s finally happening I’m sure that, with the addition of Ariane, Hannah, Lisa and Liz to the cast, Antoinette will make the film a big success.”

Earlier was announced that Elise Schaap, Pierre Bokma, Maarten Heijmans and Stefan Rokebrand are casted as the main characters. The film is based upon the book with the same name written by Beumer, the screenplay is written by Maaik Krijgsman. MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE is expected to be in Dutch cinemas next autumn.


When Eva’s mother unexpectedly dies, the life of Eva turns out to be built on secrets and lies. The fear of losing her mind, just like her father, becomes more and more threatening and Eva starts a quest for her past to face her demons.

Antoinette Beumer (1962) is director and writer. She directed the successful films LOFTJACKIE, SOOF and RENDEZ-VOUS. Her debut feature film DE GELUKKIGE HUISVROUW was a big success with over 500k visitors, which earned her a Platina Film award. The lead actress in this film, Carice van Houten, won a Golden Calf for best actress in this film. In the same year Beumer directed a remake of the Flamish thriller LOFT, which starred Barry Atsma and Marwan Kenzari and got rewarded with a Platinum film award as well. Never before did a director win two platinum film awards in one year. The film JACKIE, with Carice van Houten, Jelka van Houten and Holly Hunter as the main characters, went in premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. The film SOOF, a big hit, appeared a year after. In 2015 RENDEZ-VOUZfollowed with Loes Haverkort as the main character.

The debut novel MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE was published in 2018 by Lebowski. The book received many great reviews and won the Hebban Debut award in 2018. Besides that the book was nominated for De Bronzen Uil, which is a Belgian award for best Dutch debut novel of the year.

MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE is produced by Topkapi films in co-production with the VPRO. The film was realized with the support of The Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and CoBO. September film will release the film in the autumn of 2020 in Dutch cinemas.