Tuintje in mijn Hart (Home is where your heart is)

Location: Surinam
Producer: Farmhouse TV & Film
Delegate producer: Bernard Tulp, Tulp Fiction
Co-producer: Marmalade Films
Director: Marc Waltman
Location management: Michel Drenthe, Caribbean Filmcom
Type of production: Feature film, 2016


Edwin Jonker, Fockeline Ouwerkerk, Juvat Westendorp, Pip Pellens, Leo Alkemade, Sanne Vogel, Jörgen Raymann,
Sergio Ijssel, Bepple Melissen, Sanne Langelaar, Jetty Mathurin, Mike Libanon


Michel Drenthe was asked as location manager for the feature film ‘Tuintje in mijn Hart’.
With 38 shooting days, 32 locations, he worked in Surinam for almost 2.5 months.

The film received the Golden Film Status.

‘Home is where your hart is’ is an esemble “romcom drama” that takes place in Suriname and playfully interacts with multicultural contradictions in the Dutch language.

Axel is a “boeroe”, a white Surinamese who lives in The Netherlands for 20 years and is fully Dutchified with all its Dutch traditions. He is married to the Dutch Victoria and hasn’t been back to his homeland since he moved to The Netherlands. When his free-spirited mother Gladys calls the family together for Christmas, because she has something important to tell, Alex reluctantly returns back to Surinam with his wife and her sister Mirna. Before the Christmas dinner has even begun, the situation at the dinner table explodes between Axel and his brother Virgil when Virgil tells something which drives Axel crazy. On top of that, Axel’s daughter Wonnie, who is running an internship in Surinam, confesses that she is pregnant…

The independent and strong Surinam mom Gladys, runs a guesthouse with the support of her all time friend Giovanca. Gladys has five children: Axel, Virgil, Aponi, Catharina and Surya. All with different dads…

This is the start of a rollercoaster beneath the Surinamese sun. Victoria starts to realize why she fell in love with a Surinamese man…. Wonnie goes looking for the father of her unborn child and is helped by Mariona, which she thinks is her cousin…
Mirna tries to introduce dieting to Surinamese women to help them with their obesity and Shirley and Michael find out that one is homesick for The Netherlands and the other is completely addicted to Suriname.
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Posted on

March 22, 2017