“Beyond Sleep” is a 2016 Dutch drama film directed by boudewijn koole, based on the novel “Nooit meer slapen” by Willem Frederik Hermans. The story follows a young geologist named Alfred who travels to northern Norway in search of meteorites. As he faces various challenges, both physical and mental, he begins to question his beliefs and struggles to come to terms with his father's death.
The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the cinematography and the performances of the actors, especially reinout scholten van aschat as Alfred. Some reviewers noted that the film may be slow-paced and require patience, but ultimately rewarded viewers with a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experience.
“Beyond Sleep” was nominated for several awards, including Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the Dutch Film Awards. It won the Best Film Score award at the International Film Festival in Aubagne, France.
The film was moderately successful in the Netherlands and received limited international release. However, it has gained a cult following among cinephiles who appreciate its introspective and atmospheric storytelling. The film's exploration of existential themes and its stunning visuals have contributed to its lasting popularity.
Reinout Scholten van Aschat as Alfred Issendorf
pål sverre hagen as Arne
anders baasmo christiansen as Arne's father
thorbjørn harr as Bjørn
jakop ahlbom as Woudstra
Irma Hartog as Trudy
Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal as Arne's sister
Anneke Blok as Alfred's mother
Robert de Hoog as Sjoerd
Guido Pollemans as Jurriaanse
Gustav Giese as Chamonix
Director: boudewijn koole
Writers: Willem Frederik Hermans (novel), boudewijn koole (screenplay)
Producers: Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf
Cinematographer: Melle van Essen
Editor: Gys Zevenbergen
Music: Alex Simu