EXCLUSIVE: Filming has quietly started on Dutch comedy Happy Endwhich is produced by the Amsterdam production company Topkapi Films, known for, among others, Halina Reijn’s Instinct and Lukas Dhont’s Girl†
Pic is written and directed by Joosje Duk, one of the five winners of Netflix’s New Voices competition in 2021, a competition initiated by the streamer to discover new screenwriters in the Netherlands.
Starring are Gaite Jansen, Martijn Lakemeier and Joy Delima. Netflix plans to release globally in 2023.
In the film, Luna (Gaite Jansen) and Mink (Martijn Lakemeier) are a close couple who celebrate their one-year anniversary together. But Mink doesn’t know that Luna has been faking her orgasms since the beginning of their relationship, and Luna has kept this quiet for so long that she doesn’t dare start it with him. When her best friends, who know about her problem, urge Luna to try new things in the bedroom with Mink, Luna proposes an exciting idea: a threesome. The next evening with climate activist Eve (Joy Delima) turns Luna’s life upside down.
Topkapi’s recent credits as co-producer include Dhont’s 2022 Cannes hit Close toPaul Verhoeven’s Benedetta and Oscar winner other round† in 2019, Instinct was selected as the Dutch Oscar entry.
Joosje Duk explains: “When I was selected for the Netflix New Voices Script Contest during the lockdown in early 2021 I never dreamed that a year and a half later I would be on the set for my first feature film with the most incredible cast and crew. It was a privilege to see Gaite, Martijn and Joy play their roles with such humor, authenticity and charisma. I am very thankful for Netflix for believing in this comedic yet fragile film and for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to grow as a writer and director.”
Janey van Ireland, Director of Content Acquisitions at Netflix said:: “After Joosje won the New Voices screenplay competition last year, it became clear to us that no one could film her screenplay better than her. Joosje is without a doubt a great asset to the Dutch creative industry and we are extremely proud that she is making her feature film directing debut at Netflix† We can’t wait for our members to enjoy this Dutch comedy film on Netflix†