The Club of Ugly Children

The Netherlands, 2019, 91 min.

Director

Jonathan Elbers

Producer

Casper Eskes,
Niek Teunissen,
Wim Boven

Scenario

Jeroen Margry

Rights Holder

Beta Film, Renate Zylla

DOP

Thijmen Doornik

Cast

Sem Hulsmann, Faye Kimmijser, Narek Awanesyan, Jeroen Van Koningsbrugge, Jelka Van Houten, Maan De Steenwinkel

Production

Umami Media

“Keep it clean!” – The new president is serious about that, including looks. When Paul, whose large jug ears are quite apparent on class photo day, and some of the other “ugly” kids are taken on a surprise trip, they realize that the president wants to hide them away. On the run, Paul is helped by Sara, one of the “pretty” kids. They start an underground club to fight against the president. The movement soon turns into a revolution. The kids show the world that even children can rise up – and that you don’t have to be “pretty” to be a hero!

HONORS
2020 Kyiv Molodist IFF (Ukraine) – Teen Screen Competition – Special Jury Diploma for the Script
2020 New York Int’l Children FF (The US) – Grand Prix
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Jonathan Elbers

Director Jonathan Elbers (1988) graduated from the Dutch Film Academy in 2012. He won a Young Director Award for his graduation commercial WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? Subsequently, he directed more award-winning commercials for LG, Volkswagen, and Skoda, among others. For television, Jonathan made children programs and short films. In 2019 he directed his first series THE COUP. His debut feature FASHION CHICKS (2015) is a colourful high school film. THE CLUB OF UGLY CHILDREN is his second feature film.

Selected filmography

2015 FASHION CHICKS

2019 THE COUP

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