Grüße von Mike! | De Groeten van Mike!

The Netherlands 2012, Feature film, 95’ | Director Maria Peters | Screenplay Mirjam Oomkes, Willemine van de Wiel | DoP Erwin Steen | Editor Robin de Jong | Sound René van den Berg | Cast Maas Bronkhuyzen, Faas Wijn, Bracha van Doesburgh | Production Shooting Star Filmcompany | Co-production Launch Works | Distribution Shooting Star Filmcompany

After a serious illness, the ten-year-old Mike is finally discharged and allowed back home. But when his mother shows up at the hospital to collect him, she is, as so often, drunk. The Youth Welfare Office is called in: Mike may only return to his mother if she can care for him adequately.

Mike knows that she drinks too much but no way does he want to be placed with foster parents. After all, he is old enough to take care of himself. So he and his room-mate Vincent, who he is slowly beginning to make friends with, devise a plan that will thwart the Youth Welfare Office. But the things go totally wrong. When finally threatened with accommodation in a children’s home, Mike sees no other way out and absconds. Except no one is at home, because his mother is now on an alcohol detox programme and trying to get her problems under control. When the boy is found again, he has to return to the hospital. But a happy ending is in sight.

Maria Peters has Bachelor of Law degree but, in 1983, she also graduated from the Dutch Film Academy with the short film Alle vogels vliegen which was broadcast by NOS TV. From 1983 to 1987, she worked as editor and assistant director on several feature film productions. In 1987, she started up the Shooting Star Film Company, a production firm, together with Dave Schram and Hans Pos. In 1993, Shooting Star co-produced the film Daens as directed by Stijn Coninx and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Maria Peters has directed fourteen films and received a Crystal Bear for De Tasjesdie (The Purse Snatcher) at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her family film Kruimeltje (Little Crumb) was responsible for an all-time record of 1.3 million cinema tickets in The Netherlands alone. In 2012, her film Sonny Boy was selected as the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards (the Oscars).

Maria Peters
The Netherlands
Feature film
School Film