EN - Sonny Boy is based on a true story about the love affair between two ordinary people: Rika, a typical Dutch mother of four, and a coloured man from Surinam called Waldemar who is 17 years younger. Their love survives all the presumptions and obstructions of an often cruel world, but is finally unable to survive the brutal and devastating power of war.

FR – Sonny Boy raconte l’histoire d’amour exceptionnelle entre deux êtres à première vue ordinaires: Rika, une mère hollandaise typique de quatre enfants et Waldemar, un homme du Surinam de 17 ans son cadet. Leur amour survit à toutes les prétentions et barrières du monde extérieur parfois cruel, mais ne pourra pas faire face au pouvoir dévastateur de la guerre.


Title Sonny Boy
Original title Sonny Boy
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink
Photography Walther Vandenende
Editing Ot Louw
Music Hennie Vrienten

Technical specs

Running time film 120'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Filmfund Holland, Degeto Film

Bullhead for Belgium to Oscars

Michaël R. Roskam's debut feature Bullhead is to defend the Belgian colours as the country's official entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film.

Still from BullheadThe Belgian Oscar committee decided to nominate Bullhead as the Belgian entry for the Foreign-language Academy Award. It appeared to be a though decision, with three strong competitors: BullheadCome As You Are (Geoffrey Enthoven) and Le gamin au vélo (Brothers Dardenne). Eventually Bullhead made the cut, due to the 'outstanding performance of leading actor Matthias Schoenaerts'. Schoenaerts is on the brink of an international acting career, playing a lead role in the American remake of The Loft and shining next to Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard in the French film Un goût de rouille et d’os.

Published on Tuesday 20 September 2011

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Director Maria Peters
Producers Dirk Impens
Writers Pieter van de Waterbeemd, Maria Peters

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