Loving and funny documentary about headstrong farmer Gerlach, one of the last old-school crop farmers in the Netherlands. Awarded the prize for best Dutch documentary during IDFA.

Please note that this film is in Dutch, without subtitles.
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Surrounded by the advancing exponents of modernity – distribution centres, highways, multinationals – Gerlach van Beinum moves through the seasons at his own pace. We follow him for several years in his fields on the outskirts of Amsterdam. With the help of his best friend Rinus, he grows potatoes, beetroot, grain, and strawberries, which he sells from his barn. In between these activities, his farmhouse proves to be a gathering spot for neighbours and friends, who share with him their dry wit and simple joy.

Meanwhile, the outside world imposes itself more and more blatantly, in the form of money-hungry entrepreneurs, the municipal government, aircraft noise, the neighbouring McDonald’s and a failed harvest due to climate change. But Gerlach doggedly continues. With the help of his brothers, he conducts lawsuits – with occasional success – and sows new crops.

Aliona van der Horst and Luuk Bouwman portray the unflappable farmer with the same dedication and love with which he works his land. (source:

Aliona van der Horst & Luuk Bouwman, Netherlands, 2023, 77 min. Dutch spoken, without subtitles.