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A privileged teenager, Claire discovers a wounded and bleeding boy in the family’s garden. A young drug courier from Afghanistan, shot after serving his purpose as human packing material. Claire decides to keep the boy a secret while slowly helping him recover. With the police and gangsters closing in, they flee, embarking on a picaresque journey in this fractured fairy tale.


Runtime: 90 minutes
Format: 2:35 Scope (35MM)
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: “NR”
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign
Language: English
Country: HOLLAND


Directed by: Paula Van Der Oest
Starring: Laurien Van den Broeck, Hunter Bussemaker, Andrew Howard, Jemma Redgrave


Official Selection — Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection — Cannes Film Festival
BEST FOREIGN FILM — Hollywood Film Festival
WINNER BEST ACTRESSLaurien Van den Broeck  — Moscow Film Festival
WINNER BEST FILM — Netherlands Film Festival
Official Selection — Boston Film Festival

“A wild dream that spins into a nightmare… it will stick in your mind, and may even disturb your sleep.”
Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News

“This creepily compelling film unfolds with the disordered logic of a fever dream…”
Chicago Reader

“As graphic as it is provocative, the film uses scenes of bloodshed to comment on broader themes like creation and destruction — and despite its multilingual dialogue, Moonlight communicates in a manner that somehow transcends the cultural barriers separating the characters. The result is, at the very least, illuminating.”
SF Bay Guardian

“Surreal and occasionally disturbing, “Moonlight” resembles nothing so much as a fevered
fairy tale… the movie finds a hypnotic balance of poignancy and energy, anchored by Ms. Van den Broeck’s astonishingly self-assured performance. She’s like a Belgian Dakota Fanning, if Ms. Fanning ever decided to go Method.”
Jeanette Catsoulis, NY Times

“Van der Oest is a strong intuitive director, involving her audience with a deft mix of offbeat scenarios and painful heartbreak….young actress Laurien Van den Broeck, whose transformation from quiet daughter to reckless wild child is nothing short of stunning. Her acting is filled with such primal force and maturity…”
Norm Schrager, FilmCritic.Com

“…highly original feature from Dutch filmmaker Paula van der Oest…”
Village Voice

“Moonlight boasts a stand-out performance by Lauren Van den Broek as Claire… Director Paula van der Oest does a terrific job making this film beautiful to look at and absorbing. She manages to create an eerie atmosphere simply with beautiful, lush cinematography.”

“…the film has going for it two strong performances from the youngsters and beautiful cinemagraphic images that remind you of the best Europe has to offer.”
Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle