Boy Meets Gun

Boy Meets Gun

by Joost van Hezik

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

When the bored out evolutionary biology professor Maarten Moreau gets caught up in a robbery, he accidentally gets hold of the weapon. Seized by a renewed appetite for life, Maarten decides to keep the gun. A true romance blossoms between the boy and the gun, not without consequences.

Awards & Festivals

World Premiere at Busan IFF


Eelco Smits, Victor Ijdens, Mara van Vlijmen

Director Bio

Joost van Hezik (1982) has a background as a theatre director. Over the years, he repositioned himself in film, directing the absurdist drama series TreurTeeVee and short film The Funeral of The Shy. Boy Meets Gun marks his feature length film.

Director Statement

I think we all long for personal change, in one way or another. I know I do anyway. Eat better, exercise more, meditate, fulfill my dreams, focus more on my career, or less, just be a better person in general! And this belief in endless personal evolution seems to have risen to an unquestionable and almost holy status nowadays. With this film, I wanted to question this belief. Because what are we changing into? And is that really better? Maarten finds a gun, which acts as a magic wand that turns him into a stronger person. But is that good? Can the road towards becoming someone else, someone better, actually lead us to darker places?

Cast Bio

Eelco Smits
Is a theatre, TV and film actor from Tilburg, Netherlands. He is known for his work on successful Dutch TV-series Bloedverwanten as well as is role in the 2010 film Majesty.

Victor Ijdens 
Is a fresh new face on the Dutch film scene. He starred in the short film Radio Voorwaarts before moving on to his first feature film Boy Meets Gun.

Mara van Vlijmen
Is a Dutch actress best known for her role in the successful Dutch series of children’s films Mister Twister. She most recently starred in the TV mini-series GIPS.


Director Joost van Hezik
Screenplay Willem Bosch                     
Producer Pupkin - Pieter Kuijpers, Sander van Meurs, Iris Otten
Creative Producer Layla Meijman
Co-producer VPRO – Martien Vlietman          
Line Producer Ben Bouwmeester
Director of photography Joris Kerbosch, NSC
Production Designer Hester van Nistelrooij
Costume Designer Nedda Nagel
Casting Saida van der Reijd
Hair & make-up artist Judith van Belle
Production sound mixer Sander den Broeder
Film Editor Xander Nijsten
Sound Designer Tijn Hazen & Vincent Sinceretti
Score Composer Christiaan Verbeek

Netherlands 2019 | Black Comedy, Crime | 84’ | 16:9 | Dutch OV with English Subs | HD | 25fps

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