‘Joy’ is the name her mother gave her about 18 years ago, when she bundled up her little baby girl and left her on a bench to be found. And since about that time, Joy has been on an odyssey through Amsterdam’s high-rises and shelters, to its slum dwellers and social workers. An odyssey to find her place in life, to find love, to find her mother. Or is she better off without her?


Netherlands Film Festival 2010: Golden Calf Best Feature Film * Golden Calf Best Screenplay (Helena van der Meulen) * Golden Calf Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Coosje Smid) Sevilla Festival de Cine Europe 2010: Special Mention of the Jury (Joy) * Award Best Actress (Samira Maas)

Directed by 

Mijke de Jong

Written by 

Helena van der Meulen

  • Year 
  • 2010
  • Length 
  • 76'
  • Language 
  • Dutch
  • World Sales 
  • Global Screen
  • Distributor 
  • A-Film Distribution
  • Cast 
  • Samira Maas, Coosje Smid, Dragan Bakema
  • Producer(s) 
  • Topkapi Films
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • VARA
  • Director of Photography 
  • Ton Peters
  • Editor 
  • Dorith Vinken
  • Casting 
  • Elskes Kast, Kemna Casting
  • Sound design 
  • Mark Glynn
  • Art Direction 
  • Jolein Laarman, Jorien Sont

    Credits are not contractual