Stolen Kisses

Winner > Best Short Film.
Sometimes there are advantages to your granny going senile. This makes it easy for Amy to win at cards or get paid twice for her report, which is convenient because she is saving up for a skateboard. Yet she really loves her grandma and is super happy that gran has fallen in love with Rinus, who also lives at the nursing home. One day Rinus is moved to another home and Amy decides to do anything she can to help the couple see each other again.
Stolen Kisses is based on the true story of filmmaker Lidi Toepoel’s aged grandmother Mientje, who lived in a nursing home with dementia and had a boyfriend there. The film shows what dementia does to people, their friends, and family using a delicate touch, and underscores how elderly people with Alzheimer’s are often unfairly dismissed.
Director > Lidi Toepoel
Writer > Lidi Toepoel
Producer > Lidi Toepoel, Dennis de Bakker
Key Cast
Hetty Heyting
Frits Lambrechts
Christanne de Bruijn
Amy Hill

Director Biography – Lidi Toepoel
Director Lidi Toepoel (1983) was born in Tilburg and her first directed short ‘The last bridge operator’ (2015) was situated in her hometown. ‘The last bridge operator’ was screened all over the world at international short film festivals. With her second short ‘Koeboy’ (2017) she won the ‘best 48-hour film’ from the jury and audience and the film was screened in several international short film festivals. Zoentjesdief (2020) is her first independent short and tells the story of her own grandmother from a child’s point of view.