Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle

Director: Mike van Diem (1998 Oscar Winner – Best Foreign Language Film for the film Character)
Year: 2017
Starring: Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Giannini, Gijs Naber

TULIPANI tells the story of a romantic Dutch farmer named Gauke (Gijs Naber) who after losing his farm during the floods of 1953 is determined to never ever have wet socks again. He cycles to the sizzling hot south of Italy to start a new life and ends up at the outskirts of a small village in Puglia. Due to his fairylike and miraculous tulip trade, his passionate love-life and his turbulent scuffles with the dubious local business practices, he becomes a living legend – to then suddenly disappear. Thirty years later, an Italian police inspector (Giancarlo Giannini) attempts to unravel the story, but struggles to distinguish fact from fiction. With the help of the young Canadian Anna (Ksenia Solo) he discovers what truly happened.

“On the surface it’s a bitter-sweet immigration story. On a deeper level, it’s about how stories become stories, how certain stories become legends and myths, and how you, I and everyone else always have our own versions of the truth.”
Mike van Diem

Tulipani is now showing at the following cinemas:


  • Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn Nouveau – Book Now
  • Ster-Kinekor Rosebank Nouveau – Book Now
  • The Bioscope – Maboneng


  • Ster – Kinekor V&A Waterfront – Book Now
  • The Labia – Orange Street – Book Now

Mike van Diem ranks among the most renowned filmmakers in the Netherlands. He graduated in 1989 at the Dutch Film and Television Academy as director and screenwriter with the psychological thriller ALASKA. This is the first student film in history that won the Dutch National Film Award (Golden Calf) and remains to this day the only Dutch student film that has won The Student Academy Award® in Los Angeles.

In 1996, van Diem wrote the screenplay for his first feature film: KARAKTER (1997). Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Ferdinand Bordewijk, the film is about a 30-year-long battle between a father and his son in the beginning of the 20th century in the city of Rotterdam.

The film played for over a year in cinema in The Netherlands. The film, which was sold to countries all over the world, has won countless awards – among them van Diem’s 2nd Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film.

Left to Right: Giancarlo Giannini (Actor) and Mike van Diem (Director)

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