english title Even Cowboys Get To Cry
directed by Mees Peijnenburg
written by Merinde Verbeek
Production Company The Netherlands Film Academy
genre coming of age drama
language DUTCH
duration 20 minutes
release 2013
Cowboys Janken Ook

Sven and Gijs are best mates. They do absolutely everything together: clubbing, mucking about and simply pondering life. They are intimate to the extent that they walk into each others’ room when either of them is having sex. Their dream is to cross the length and breadth of South America on their motorbikes but all of a sudden everything changes. Sven gets involved in a fight and when Gijs tries to intervene, he sustains a heavy blow to the head that sends him into a coma. There’s no knowing if he’ll pull through or not and their friendship is tested to the limits.

Ko Zandvliet
Jonas Smulders
Festivals & Awards
Keep an Eye Film FestivalWon: best fiction graduation award + audience award
Netherlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (2013)Nieuwe Lichting – Won: Dutch Film Producers Award
Berlinale, Germany (2014)Generation 14Plus
SXSW, United States (2014)Competition
Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium (2014)Next Generation Competition – Won: Best International Student Film
Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (2014)Youth Programme – Won: Best Youth Film
Premiers Plans Film Festival, France (2015)Student Film Competition Won: Audience Award
Clermont-Ferrand – International Short Film Festival, France
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director Mees Peijnenburg
scenario Merinde Verbeek
director of photography Stephan Polman
production design Tim Balk
casting Kemna Casting, Job Castelijn & Shanti Besseling
costume Vita Mees & Maxa van Panhuis
make-up Elsa Helwig
line producer Lotte Bronshoff & Paul Overste
sound Dennis Alink
sound design Taco Drijfhout
editor Imre Reutelingsperger
composer Robin Assen
Production company The Netherlands Film Academy