De Nieuwe Wildernis

De Nieuwe Wildernis

English Title: The New Wilderness
Length: 97 min
Years of Production: 2011 – 2013

Cameraman/aerial cinematographer:
Michael Sanderson


Premiere Broadcasts:
2013 September 26 - Cinema (The Netherlands)
2013 December 01 - Vara TV (The Netherlands)
2015 April 09 (Germany)



De Nieuwe Wildernis is set in the Oostvaardersplassen, a nature reserve of high standard in the Netherlands. The reserve has been developed in a location that 40 years ago was under sea level in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Nowadays, it's the stage for a unique nature show: the nature determines the rhythm.

The team of De Nieuwe Wildernis filmed in the Oostvaardersplassen over a period of two years. The result is a nature film never seen in the Netherlands before. It is a nature spectacle! The film features Konik horses, Red Deer, Foxes and Heck cattle, just to name a few, battling for new territories and survival.

A new wilderness has started. It is a paradise in the spring and summer times, but in the winter it transforms into a grim landscape. The food is scarce and the inhabitants of the new wilderness have to make vital life decisions. Only the strongest survive. De Nieuwe Wildernis captures the circle of life in this unique landscape.

Film Festival Awards

  • Winner: Best Dutch Film: Rembrandt Awards 2014, Netherlands
  • Winner: Best Popular Film - Audience Award: Gouden Kalf - Nederlands Film Festival 2014, Netherlands
  • Winner: Film Poster Award: Nederlands Film Festival 2013, Netherlands
  • Platinum Film (cinema): for 400,000 visitors, Netherlands
  • Gouden Film (cinema): for 100,000 visitors, Netherlands




Release Date: 2016 October 29 (Japan)