Indonesia, in the last days of the colonial era. When Jan, the Dutch owner of a sugar plantation, dies on a remote island, his wife Agathe tries by all means to preserve her threatened status quo. Desperate, she gets her estranged son Cornelis to return from Europe with her wife Josephine so as to take over the family business.But when Jan’s will puts his Indonesian concubine Siti at the forefront of the family estate, ideals prove to be futile and blood thicker than water.
Amsterdam-based writer and filmmaker born in Bosnian in 1987. She studied Film Theory at the University of Amsterdam and the Freie Universität Berlin before graduating as a writer/director from the Dutch national Film Academy in 2014. She wrote and directed several awarded short films, including ‘Travelers in the Night’ (2013) and ‘Fernweh’ (2014). Her short ‘Import’ (2016) was premiered at the Quinzaine des Cinéastes in Cannes. Ena’s debut feature film, ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’ (2019), was selected for the Acid competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award in Rotterdam’s IFFR. ‘Sweet Dreams’ (2023) is the sophomore feature from the director, premiered at the Locarno FF and won the Best Performance award for Renée Soutendijk. The film will represent The Netherlands in the race for the Oscar for Best International Feature Film.