This week the shooting of the feature film MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE, the film adaptation of Antoinette Beumer’s book of the same name, has started. Beumer is the first director in the Netherlands to direct a film based on a book written by herself. The film centers around 40-year old Eva, played by Elise Schaap. The other main characters are played by Pierre Bokma, Maarten Heijmans and Stefan Rokebrand. The feature film is expected to be in Dutch cinemas in the fall of 2020.


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.

Elise Schaap (UNDERCOVER, APRIL, MAY AND JUNE) plays the part of Eva. Pierre Bokma, (TONIO, BANKIER VAN HET VERZET) plays the role of her father, Maarten Heijmans (RAMSES, WAT IS DAN LIEFDE) plays the younger version of Eva’s father. Peter, Eva’s husband, is played by Stefan Rokebrand (SMERIS). The script of the film is written by Maaik Krijgsman and the shooting of the film will take place until the beginning of March.

Antoinette Beumer: “My debut novel was published exactly two years ago and the fact that we can already start shooting now is just incredible, definitely with the amazing cast and crew that we have around us. We really couldn’t wait to get started. This is going to be the most personal film that I have ever made, which makes everything even more exciting.”

Elise Schaap: “I’m really looking forward to be part of this film, to discover a genre that is entirely new to me and to be in a role that I’ve never played before.”

Antoinette Beumer (1962) is director and writer. She directed the successful films LOFT, JACKIE, 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.