A Noble Intention 

A Noble Intention

1888: a luthier, Vedder (Gijs Scholten van Aschat), has to step aside when his home, opposite the recently completed Central Station in Amsterdam, must yield for the planned Victoria Hotel. His cousin Anijs (Jacob Derwig), pharmacist in the Northern provinces of the Netherlands, has gotten into a fix after illegal medical practices, and is looking for a way out. For himself and his wife Martha (Rifka Lodeizen), but also for a colony of poor peat cutters whom he promises a future in the United States.

Committed – or is it pride? – the two of them think up a scheme from which they all will fully benefit. With tragic consequences.


The soundtrack album is online and on Spotify


Directed by 

Joram Lürsen

Written by 

Frank Ketelaar

Original Title 

Publieke Werken

  • Based on 
  • the novel PUBLIEKE WERKEN by Thomas Rosenboom
  • Year 
  • 2015
  • Language 
  • Dutch
  • Distributor 
  • September Film (Benelux)
  • Director 
  • Joram Lürsen
  • Screenplay 
  • Frank Ketelaar
  • Cast 
  • Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jacob Derwig, Rifka Lodeizen
  • Producer(s) 
  • Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • Menuet, I'm FILM, Mythberg Films, VPRO
  • Director of Photography 
  • Mark van Aller
  • Production design 
  • Hubert Pouille
  • Editor 
  • Peter Alderliesten
  • Casting 
  • Kemna Casting
  • Sound design 
  • Herman Pieëte, Alek Goosse
  • Art Direction 
  • Leo Zandvliet (NL) & Zsuzsanna Borvendég (HU)
  • Film Music 
  • Merlijn Snitker

    Credits are not contractual