Joost van der Wiel

Netherlands, The 2019, 72 min.


Spoken language: Norwegian

Subtitles: English

World premiere

Festival year: 2019

In the beautiful primordial nature of Norway, Nils (age 60) tries to live on his own. He is tired of the everyday hustle and bustle of modern life and goes to live in the wilderness, together with his beloved horse. He manages to support himself quite well, but has great difficulty extracting himself from modern forms of communication.


Nils longs for an independent life in harmony with nature and resorts to living in a small wooden cabin in the mountains of Norway. Despite his attempt to distance himself from modern society, he brings his mobile phone with him. Once there, surrounded by the rugged Norwegian wilderness, Nils has to face his desire for human contact. The need to share his ‘isolation’ with the outside world via his mobile telephone proves irresistible. A tragicomic scene is the one where his son visits and says he has more phone contact with father now than before his father retreated into the wilderness. The film explores the conflict between the desire to live in complete freedom and isolation and the deeply rooted human need for contact and communication.


Official website: http://www.amstelfilm.nl/drommeland


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Talkshows & debates

Premiere Drømmeland: Q&A with director Joost van der Wiel and protagonist Nils

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 19:30

Bahram Sadeghi interviews director Joost van der Wiel and the protagonist Nils Leidal about the making of the documentary.

Drømmeland: Q&A with director Joost van der Wiel and protagonist Nils

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:45

Film journalist Joost Broeren (Filmkrant) speaks with director Joost van der Wiel and the protagonist Nils Leidal about the making of the film. 

2Doc Kort: Brief aan de president

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 17:15

2Doc Kort: Brief aan de president shows the story of the Ugandan hip hop artist and most prominent opposition leader Bobi Wine who became world news when he was improsoned by the government.

Drømmeland: NPO 2Doc philosophical reflection Henk Oosterling

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 17:15

Film journalist Dana Linssen (NRC) speaks with philosopher Henk Oosterling about his view on the protagonist Nils’ exploration.