Owls & Mice


Owls & Mice

Simone van Dusseldorp

Feature Film
Film Education

»So Peepeep is literally in here?« – »Exactly. Or at least, his bones are.«

Meral has just moved house with her parents. New in town, she has a hard time making new friends. One night the little girl wakes up to find a mouse in her room. The next day, she goes on a school trip with her new friend stowed in her bag. Also present are a funny misfit, a smart boy in a wheelchair, and a bit of a vixen who likes to think she’s in charge. Nevertheless, the gang of youngsters grow closer together. When the mouse is suddenly snatched away by an owl out in the wilds, a dramatic search for their creature companion begins, gradually turning into more of a lesson in life and how nature functions.

Director / Script

Simone van Dusseldorp


Peters NSC, Stephan Polman Schnitt Peter Alderliesten


Peter Alderliesten


Sander den Broeder


Kees van der Vooren


Hiba Ghafry, Mariana Aparicio Torres, Mimoun Oaissa, Matheu Hinzen, Felix van de Weerdt, Jashayra Oehlers, Birgit Schuurman, Fabian Jansen, Rene van’t Hof

Production / Contact

Lemming Film

Simone van Dusseldorp

Born in 1967 in Tilburg, Netherlands, Simone van Dusseldorp studied Photography at the Dutch Academy of Art and Design St Joost, Audiovisual Communication at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and finally Directing at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her graduation film Waterlanders won first prize at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Van Dusseldorp directed various different TV productions before making her debut feature film in 2005, Deep. In addition to numerous short films, she directed another adventure feature film for young audiences, Frogs & Toads (2009) as well as the family drama Secret Letter (2010). Owls & Mice opened last year’s Amsterdam children’s film festival, Cinekid.

Films by Simone van Dusseldorp (Selection)
Het leven volgens Nino (Life According to Nino) 2014 | Briefgeheim (Secret Letter) 2010 | Kikkerdril (Frösche & Kröten / Frogs & Toads) 2009 | Diep (Deep) 2005 | Waterlanders 1994