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NETFLIX announces first Dutch-Flemish Christmas film: THE CLAUS FAMILY

Starring Bracha van Doesburgh, Pommelien Thijs, Jan Decleir and Mo Bakker

Get cozy and grab some eggnog! Netflix’s newest Christmas film, The Claus Family, will launch this December just in time to get you into the holiday spirit. The film is directed by Matthias Temmermans and it stars Bracha van Doesburgh as Suzanne (mother of Jules), Jan Decleir (Noël Claus), and Mo Bakker (Jules Claus).

Jules Claus doesn’t like Christmas. After his father died last year, he no longer wants anything to do with it. While his mother is working, Jules is spending lots of time in his grandfather’s toy shop. One day he finds a magic snow globe, which takes him to the farthest parts of the world. He discovers something out of the ordinary: His grandfather is the real Santa Claus! The tradition has been in the family for years and years, and now that his father is no longer there, grandfather Claus has taken on this job once again.

When grandfather Claus breaks his leg, Jules decides to help him. But before he is able to bring on the Christmas feeling, he has to learn how to love and appreciate the world’s “most wonderful time of the year” again..

The film features cast such as Josje Huisman (The Masked Singer), Renée Soutendijk (Moordvrouw), Eva van der Gucht (Oogappels), Janne Desmet (The Twelve), Stefaan Degand (De Ronde, Eigen Kweek), Bert Haelvoet (De Dag, Torpedo), Sien Eggers (Spitsbroers), Carly Wijs (De belofte van Pisa), Wim Willaert (Undercover), and Pommelien Thijs (#Likeme). 

Janey van Ierland, Manager Acquisitions & Co-Productions Benelux: “Christmas comes early this year! We couldn’t be more excited to bring our newest Christmas film, The Claus Family, to Netflix this festive season. Teaming up again with our long term partners at Dutch FilmWorks, we can’t wait for our members to enjoy this cozy family film starring some incredible Dutch and Flemish talent’’

Willem Pruijssers, Dutch FilmWorks: “The Claus Family is the first Dutch-Flemish Christmas film; a unique project produced by the talented producers of Dingie film, with a nice mix of well-known actors from both Belgium and the Netherlands. The film tells the universal story of grief, family, and responsibility, wrapped up in an exciting Christmas story with a touch of magic. We are very proud that the film will be released on Netflix.”

The film is produced by production company Dingie film in collaboration with Dutch FilmWorks and realized with the support of Screen Flanders, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, and the Belgian Tax Shelter. 

The Claus Family will launch this December on Netflix in Belgium and in the Netherlands. The film will launch globally in 2021. 

By Vivian van 't Klooster


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