2015 | De Surprise | The Surprise

An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to get out of the contract.


Director Mike van Diem

Cinematography Rogier Stoffers

Producer Els Vandevorst / Hans de Weers

Production Designer Hubert Pouille

Costume Design Ellen Lens


Cast Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Georgina Verbaan, Jan Decleir, Henri Goodman,
Pierre Bokma, Tamar Baruch, Ankur Bahl, Naveed Choudry, Oliver Gatz, Ronny Jhutti, Elizabeth Andersen


Genre Romantic Black Comedy

Costumes Now-a-days

Filming locations Germany, Ireland, Belgium



Awards and Nominations


2015 Netherlands Film Festival

Gouden Kalf Best Film Mike van Diem / Els Vandevorst

Gouden Kalf Best Director of a Feature Film Mike van Diem

Won  Gouden Kalf Best Actress Georgina Verbaan

Gouden Kalf Best Supporting Actor Jan Decleir

Won  Gouden Kalf Best Production Design Hubert Pouille

Gouden Kalf Best Editing Jessica de Koning

Gouden Kalf Best Sound Design Herman Pieëte


2015 Camerimage

Golden Frog Rogier Stoffers


2015 Chicago International Filmfestival

Audience Choice Award Mike van Diem


2015 Film by the Sea International Film Festival

Best Feature Film Mike van Diem