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Do Not Hesitate is The Dutch Oscar Entry

Dutch feature Do Not Hesitate is the Netherlands' Oscar submission for the 94th Acadamy Awards in the International Feature Film Category

Produced by Lemming Film, Do Not Hesitate** celebrated its world premiere at Tribeca in June and has since been selected for various film festivals worldwide. Do Not Hesitate is Shariff Korver’s second feature film. His debut feature The Intruder* (2014) world premiered at Toronto and also screened at numerous other international festivals, among which First Time Fest in New York, where he won the awards for Best Film and Best Director.

Do Not Hesitate is written by critically acclaimed screenwriter Jolein Laarman (Katia’s Sister, Kauwboy*) and lensed by Nadim Carlsen, known for his work on the Cannes-winning feature Border (2018) and features an exciting cast of talented up-and-coming Dutch actors, including Joes Brauers (Quo Vadis, Aida?**, Secrets of War*), Spencer Bogaert (Vincent, The Dazzled), Tobias Kersloot (Ares, A Noble Intention**) and Omar Alwan (A Kiss*).

The film is produced by Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit and Emily Morgan for Lemming Film (The Netherlands) and co-produced by Heretic (Greece) and NTR (The Netherlands), with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Fund Production Incentive, CoBO FundGreek Film Center, EKOME and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in collaboration with September Film (The Netherlands). International sales are handled by TrustNordisk.

Lemming Film is one of the leading film and TV series production companies in The Netherlands. Their most recent (co-)productions include Pleasure** (2021), Dead and Beautiful**(2021), Monos** (2019), Zama** (2017) and The Lobster* (2015).

Do Not Hesitate is a psychological drama thriller. On a peacekeeping mission, a Dutch military convoy is forced to split up when the main vehicle breaks down. Three young soldiers are ordered to stay behind to guard the vehicle. They encounter a local boy, who refuses to leave. After this, disastrous events pile up and when their supplies get stolen, the soldiers are forced to follow the boy into hostile territory in a desperate search for water. Their paranoia mounts. Where is he actually leading them and can they really trust him?

For more information, you can contact:

Lemming Film:
Nadia Doudou
+31 20 661 0424


September Film:
Melissa van Middelaar
+31 20 535 7552

*Film is also supported by the Netherlands Film Fund
**Film is also supported by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and Film Fund