The Amazing Wiplala (Wiplala)


Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:00 AM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Children's FilmFest
Mind the Gap
Running Time:100 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Tim Oliehoek
Producer:Burny Bos
Jani Thiltges
Jacqueline de Goeij
Screenwriter:Tamara Bos
Cinematographer:Rolf Dekens
Editor:Bert Jacobs
Cast:Géza Weisz
Sasha Mylanus
Kee Ketelaar
Peter Paul Muller
Print Source:BosBros
Note Writer:Deanna Quinones


A family adventure that mixes Honey, I Shrunk the Kids slapstick with heartfelt bonding between a lonely boy and his grieving father and sister, The Amazing Wiplala is a winning tale based on a popular Dutch children’s book. Nine-year-old Johannes is adrift after losing his mother. His sister treats him like a pest; his father is distracted and absent. A bump in the night leads Johannes to discover a tiny intruder who has magical powers (though he is decidedly not a leprechaun). Chaos ensues as “Wiplala” demonstrates his prowess at zapping others down to his own four-inch size. Trouble is he can’t reverse the spell, and once the whole family is miniaturized, they’re launched on a slapdash odyssey that takes them from Amsterdam’s treacherous streets to the top of the Royal Palace. Wiplala and Johannes band together to save the day, learning to harness the true magic of believing in oneself. Ages 7+. In Dutch, with English subtitles read aloud.

Co-presented by Youth in Arts

Additional Information

Tim Oliehoek was born in 1979 and attended the Dutch Film and Television Academy after having shot his first feature-length action movie, Buy or Die, at 18. He graduated in 2001 with the film Isabelle, based on the acclaimed novel by Dutch author Tessa de Loo. In 2002 he directed The Champ, which was nominated for a Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He has directed numerous commercials and short films, and his television film 15 35 Spoor 1 was nominated for the Prix d’Italia. In 2005 he directed his feature debut Vet Hard (Too Fat Too Furious). In 2009 his second feature film Spion Van Oranje (Spy of the Queen) was released in Dutch theaters, followed by Pizzamaffia (2011), Chez Nous (Queen of Amsterdam, 2013) and his first family film, The Amazing Wiplala (2014), based on the book by famous Dutch writer Annie MG Schmidt.