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Pieter van Huystee Film and NPS present

OTTO FRANK, father of Anne
The man who gave the story of Anne Frank to the world

a film by David de Jongh


Project Summary

Production company: Pieter van Huystee Film

Noordermarkt 37-39, 1015 NA Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 421 0606 / Fax: +31 20 638 6255


Language: Dutch, German and English with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary
Running time: 75 minutes / 55 minutes
Production country: The Netherlands
Director: David de Jongh
Script: David de Jongh, Hans Dortmans
Director of Photography: Erik van Empel, Peter Brugman

Sound: Mark Wessner, Menno Euwe

Editor: Boris Gerrets
Producer: Pieter van Huystee
Line producer: Rosan Boersma
Commissioning editor: Annemiek van der Zanden (NPS)
This film is supported by: Media Fund

World premiere: April 22nd 2010

For the 50th anniversary of the Anne Frank House
World sales: NPO Sales

Kaisa Kriek phone: +31 35 677 3561 kaisa.kriek@omroep.nl

Festival requests: Simone Merkus simone@pvhfilm.nl

Curien Kroon curien@pvhfilm.nl

Publicity: Curien Kroon / Pieter van Huystee Film

Phone: +31 20 421 0606



After returning from Auschwitz, Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, is confronted with Anne’s diary. He renews ties with his daughter by reading it. The film tells the story of what he went through, how the loss of his family scarred his life, how he dealt with the dilemmas that the publication of the diary brought upon him and how he made a memorial of his daughters legacy and became the father-figure for thousands of young readers worldwide.

In June 1945 Otto Frank, a survivor of Auschwitz, returned to Amsterdam. Around the same time that he learned his family had been killed in the camps, his daughter Anne’s diaries came into his possession.

He wrote to his mother: “I don’t have the strength to read them”. Only after a while he started to read them. “Only a few pages a day, that’s all I can manage”. He wrote to his mother: “What I read is so indescribably exciting… She writes about her own growing up with incredible self-criticism. It is a revelation to me. These written pages reveal a completely different Anne to the child that I lost.” Intensely emotional, he read a few pages from the diaries out loud to his friends. They were deeply moved and urged him to publish them.
As the only surviving member of those who had been in hiding in ‘Het Achterhuis’ Otto Frank felt a huge responsibility. Can you publish your daughter’s diary? What about the parts that Anne would not have intended for publication? To what degree should the privacy of the main characters be respected? What to do about sexually explicit scenes, and the arguments between Anne and her mother?
In OTTO FRANK we see how he, who had lost everything he cared for, coped with the loss of his family. How he found a renewed bond with his daughter through the diaries, and how his life gradually came to be lived in the service of her legacy. About the decisions he made, the sacrifices they required, and the solace he found in seeing Anne’s diaries become one of the most read books in the world, and the Anne Frank House one of the most famous holocaust memorials.
In this first ever documentary on the life of Otto Frank several of his personal friends relate their experiences with this exceptional man, like his step-daughter Eva Schloss, girlfriends of Anne and Margot and members of the Frank family. Together with the original letters from the Otto Frank archives and the photos from the Frank family-archives - many of which have never been shown before - they give a unique, mulitifacetted portrait of Otto Frank and his live from 1889 till 1980.

Filmography David de Jongh Director

2006-2008 Frans Bromet, filmmaker, documentary NPS-TV

The restaurant of the future, corporate video Universiteit Wageningen

Connecting conversations, short films Walter Maashuis

Musical editor Jazz at Six, Omroep Max-Radio

2004-2006 Ischa Meijer, life and work, documentary VPRO-Radio

The history of the newsreader, documentary VPRO-Radio

2003-2004 The eighth day, short films, Humanistische omroep-TV

Physical consequences of the ramadan, short reports NMO-Radio

1999-2002 Please show some consideration, documentary IKON-Radio

Goodbye to my church, documentary IKON-Radio

Mirrors, biographical interviews, RVU-Radio

Toby Vos, life and work, documentary Amsterdam-TV

1996-1998 Swinging Bird John Engels, documentary NPS-Radio

Off the road, documentary Amsterdam-TV

In the frontline, Amsterdam Police in World War II, Amsterdam-TV

1994-1996 Gustav Mahler, a portrait, documentary Classic FM Holland

History of an orchestra, documentary Classic FM Holland

Presentor/ editor Swing along, Jazz Radio

1993-1994 Newsreader ANP

Editor KRO-TV

1991-1993 Reporter Amsterdam-TV

Presentor Concertzender

Filmography Pieter van Huystee Film

In 1995 Pieter van Huystee started his own production company. Since then he has produced 135 film projects, most of them documentaries, but also feature and short films and single plays – with both renowned Dutch filmmakers like Johan van der Keuken, Heddy Honigmann and Peter Delpeut and young talented directors. In 2000, Pieter van Huystee was awarded a Golden Calf, the highest distinction in the Dutch film industry, for his work as a producer.

Documentaries include a.o. AMSTERDAM GLOBAL VILLAGE (Johan van der Keuken, 1995) Prix des Cinémas de Récherche Marseille 1997, Dokumentärpreis des Bayerischen Rundfunks Munich 1997, THE GREAT POSTAL ROAD (Bernie IJdis, 1995); O AMOR NATURAL (Heddy Honigmann, 1996) Prix Italia 1997, THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Heddy Honigmann) Prix SCAM Cinéma du Réel Paris 1998, Jury Award Yamagata 1999, THE LONG HOLIDAY (Johan van der Keuken, 1999) Silver Spire Award San Francisco 2000, Special Honorary Award Thessaloniki 2000, CRAZY (Heddy Honigmann, 2000) Audience Award IDFA 1999, Golden Calf Utrecht 2000; THE LAST YUGOSLAVIAN FOOTBALL TEAM (Vuk Janic, 2000) EBU Best Sports Documentary 2001; DUTCH APPROACH (René Roelofs, 2000) Comenius Sonderpreis Medaille Germany 2001, Dutch Academy Award 2001, FOR THE TIME BEING (Johan van der Keuken), Official selection ‘Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’ Cannes 2002, LAGOS/KOOLHAAS (Bregtje van der Haak, 2002); LA MANO (Heddy Honigmann, 2003); International première Museum of Modern Art New York, Official selection IDFA 2003 ; ARNA’S CHILDREN (Juliano Mer Khamis / Danniel Danniel, 2003) Official selection IDFA 2003; PUTIN’S MAMA (Ineke Smits, 2003) Official selection IDFA 2003, ‘Best Dutch Documentary’ HotDocs 2004 ; JOHAN CRUIJFF – EN UN MOMENTO DADO (Ramón Gieling, 2004); THE RED YEARS (Leo de Boer, 2005) selected for the Highlights of the Lowlands IDFA 2005 ; GOD IS MY DJ (Carin Goeijers, 2006), shown at the IFFR 2005 and in national theatres; IN EUROPE (36 epsiode series based on the bestseller In Europe by Geert Mak); THE DICTATOR HUNTER (Klaartje Quirijns, 2007) Nominated European Film Academy Award 2008, Best Documentary’ Courmayeur Noir In Festival Italy 2007; JOAQUIN SABINA – 19 DIAS Y 500 NOCHES (Ramon Gieling, 2008) Official selection IFFR 2008; SWEETY (Menna Laura Meijer, 2008); ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL (Orhan Eskikoy & Ozgur Dogan, 2008) Official selection Joris Ivens competition IDFA 2008; CARMEN MEETS BORAT (Mercedes Stalenhoef, 2008) Official selection Joris Ivens Competition IDFA 2008, Dutch Entry Oscars 2009; THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM (Oeke Hoogendijk, 2008) Dutch Sound and Vision Award 2009, CRIPS (Joost van der Valk & Mags Gavan, 2009), TO BE AND NOT TO BE (Frank Scheffer, 2009), FAREWELL (Ditteke Mensink, 2009) IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary; SHOUT (Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Ester Gould, 2010).
Features and single plays include FELICE.. FELICE.. (Peter Delpeut, 1998) Golden Calf ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Male Performance’ (Johan Leysen) Utrecht 1998, ‘Best Visualisation’ Chicago 1998, NOORDELOOS (Kees Vlaanderen, 2001) FIPA d’Or ‘Meilleure Interprétation Féminine’ (Juul Vrijdag) Biarritz 2001, QUICKSAND (Kees Vlaanderen, 2004) Dutch Academy Award 2004 for ‘Best Male Performance’ (Johnny de Mol) ; STILL WORLD (Elbert van Strien, 2005) Nominated a Golden Calf for Best Short Film Utrecht 2005; TRAMONTANA (Ramón Gieling, 2009) Opening film Dutch Film Festival 2009.
By combining daring with decisiveness, Pieter van Huystee Film nowadays has become one of the leading Dutch independent production companies, highly esteemed for the quality and wide range of its projects. Moreover, many of its documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have been awarded many times. www.pvhfilm.nl



David de Jongh


Hans Dortmans David de Jongh

Boris Gerrets


Erik van Empel Peter brugman Sander Snoep

Mark Wessner Menno Euwe Bouwe Mulder
voice Otto Frank

Prof. Peter Stein

voice diary fragments

Carice van Houten

sound design

Jeroen Goeijers

music research

Bart Dijkman Hans Haffmans Egbert van Randwijk

Rieneke de Man Sandra van Beek
line producer

Rosan boersma

production manager

Claire van den Ende

office production

Maarten Schmidt Mirjam Bal Natascha Teunissen


online editing

David de Jongh Ramon de Jong



Curien Kroon


Kamphuis & Berghuizen

graphic design

Scale To Fit

commisioning editor NPS

Annemiek van der Zanden


Pieter van Huystee

with many thanks to

Teresien da Silva Erika Prins Jan Hovers

Henny Brandhorst Gerrit Netten

Karolien Stocking Korzen Liseloth van Heesch

Julia Sarbo Lisa Frenkel Poppe ten Dolle Erik Leek

Dove Dirk Mikael Levin Lawrence Graver Gerrold van der Stroom

Future Store Museum Auschwitz Birkenau

David Barnouw Budy Elias Gerti Elias Jetteke Frijda

Max Goldberg Hilde Goldberg Hannah Pick-Goslar

Jacqueline van Maarsen Barbara Mooyaart

John Neiman Eva Schloss Sylvia Schloss Maria ter Steeg Cor Suijk

Tereska Torres


Anne Frank Foundation Anne Frank Fund Basel Stadsarchief Amsterdam INA Institut National de l'Audiovisuel EYE Film Instituut Nederland Jon Blair Film Company Spaarnestad Photo David Rubinger/CORBIS BBC Motion Gallery Anti-Defamation League Maria Austria Instituut J.G. van Agtmaal Algemeen Dagblad Bill Laxon Collection, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau Getty Images Nationaal Archief

Fragments audiobook Het Achterhuis © de Kunst BV / Uitgeverij Bert Bakker

Fragments from the diary of Anne Frank and the letters of Otto Frank

© Anne Frank Fund - Basel
This film is supported by

Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Mediaproducties

and with the cooperation of the Anne Frank Foundation
© PvHFilm 2010

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