In your name

by Marco Van Geffen

France, The Netherlands, Belgium


Ton and Els are ordinary people. They are happy people. People like all of us. They have a job, a house, a place in the world. When Els gets pregnant with their first child, a little girl, it feels like a crown on their happiness. But soon after the child is born, she dies. And this disrupts everything: they both have different ways of grieving, and Els seems to get over the tragedy faster than Ton. She wants to move on, start up her life again. But Ton can’t. For him, Els is going too fast. Ton feels rejected, unloved, as if his grief was being trampled. In Your Name follows him as he crosses the line between an ordinary man and a man able to commit the unbearable: destroy what he loves the most.


Dutch Film Fund development (The Netherlands), Media slate funding (The Netherlands), Dutch Filmfund project development (The Netherlands), Dutch Filmfund production (The Netherlands), Dutch Filmfund publicity & marketing support (The Netherlands), Dutch Film Fund Guarantie (The Netherlands), VAF (Belgium), Tax Shelter (Belgium), Aide aux Cinémas du Monde – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée – Ministère des affaires étrangères, Institut français (France) Eurimages
World sales – Elle Driver
Benelux sales – Cinéart

Technical and artistic details

Duration – 1h27
Language – Dutch
Location – The Netherlands
Format – 35 mm

Director of photography – Ton Peters N.S.C.
Editor – Peter Alderliesten N.C.E
Producers – Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries, Derk-Jan Warrink – Lemming, Films (The Netherlands)
Co-producers – Janja Kralj – KinoElektron (France), Dries Phylpo – A private View (Belgium)


Ton – Barry Atsma
Els – Lotte Verbeek
Ton’s father – Ad van Kempen
Els’ mother – Leny Breederveld
Heleen – Anneke Sluiter
Petra – Sytske van der Ster


awards and festivals

Atelier  de la Cinéfondation – Arte International Prize 2012 – Best Project/ Script and Pitch Torino Film Lab 2009 / Les Arcs IFF – work in prograss 2013 / Netherlands IFF


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