Remy van Heugten (1976) is a Dutch film director who is known for his socially engaged films. His graduation film ABOUT ROSES (2004) was nominated for the Student Academy Awards.
Continuing to focus on stories with a contemporary theme about social development, Van Heugten directed the short film SMOKING AS A TURK (2012), the TV films WHITE FISH (2009) and SHAHRAM & ABBAS (2006), for which he received a honorable mention at the Debut Competition of The Netherlands Film Festival.
Van Heugten manages to explore socially relevant issues throughout his commissioned work as well. In films and TV series such as VALENTINO (2013), ICARUS (2016), GODFORSAKEN (2011), FRESHMEN (2010) and HOW TO SURVIVE? (2011-2012) Van Heugten shows that he mastered a variety of genres from crime to political drama and comedy. For HOW TO SURVIVE? Van Heugten is awarded with a Cinekid award for Best Fiction and nominated for a Rose d’Or award for Best Youth Series.
For his next film SON OF MINE (2015), which Van Heugten considers his debut as an auteur-director, he delved into the gritty reality of poverty in the most southern province of the Netherlands. In this area, where Van Heugten spent his childhood, unemployment rates remain high after the mines closed down in the 1970s. The film received praise for its honest portrayal of a father-son relation suffering from financial hardships. At the Netherlands Film Fetival of 2015 SON OF MINE won 4 Golden Calves (alongside 6 nominations) for Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography.
Again exploring the role of the outsider, Van Heugten is currently working on his third feature film MASCOTTE, about a deformed teenager who is seeking for acceptance amongst his peers. Also, he’s commissioned to direct COMMANDOS, a TV series about elite soldiers of the Royal Dutch Commandos, who find themselves threatened by one of their own kind.