Cowboys Janken Ook / Even Cowboys Get to Cry

A film by: Mees Peijnenburg

Sven and Gijs are best mates. They do absolutely everything together, whether going clubbing or mucking about or simply pondering life. Their intimacy is such that one of them can even stroll blithely into a room where the other is having sex. In ten years’ time they plan to have travelled the length and breadth of South America on motorbikes. But all at once everything changes: Sven gets involved in a fight one night, Gijs tries to intervene and sustains a blow to the head which sends him into a coma. There’s no knowing if he’ll pull through and their friendship is tested to the limits.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 20’04”
Completion: 07/2013
Genre: drama, coming of age
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

Festivals:

  • Netherlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (25 September – 4 October, 2013)
    Nieuwe Lichting – Won: Dutch Film Producers Award – Nomination: Dioraphte Award Best actors direction: Mees Peijnenburg – Nomination: Dioraphte Award Best Cinematography: Stephan Polman
  • Scenecs, The International Debut Film Festival, the Netherlands (6 – 10 November, 2013)
    Dutch Golden Stone Competition
  • Berlinale, Germany (6-16 February, 2014)
    Generation 14Plus
  • SXSW, United States (7-15 March, 2014)
    Competition
  • Mecal – Festival International of Short Film and Animation, Spain (6 – 30 March, 2014)
    Out of competition: Focus on the Netherlands Film Academy
  • European Cinema Festival, France (28 March – 4 April, 2014)
    Official Competition
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (9 – 13 April, 2014)
    Dutch Competition – Won: Go Short Youth Award
  • Filmfest Dresden, Germany (15 – 20 April, 2014)
    International Competition
  • Nashville Film Festival, United States (17 – 26 April)
    Competition
  • Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium (28 April – 3 May, 2014)
    Next Generation Competition – Won: Best International Student Film
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (30 April – 4 May, 2014)
    Youth Programme – Won: Best Youth Film
  • Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (31 May – 7 June, 2014)
    International Competition
  • IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria (28 June – 4 July, 2014)
    Official Selection
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia (15 – 23 August, 2014)
    TeenArena
  • Odense International Film Festival, Denmark (25 – 31 August, 2014)
    Main Competition
  • Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele, Germany (25 – 26 October, 2014)
    Competition Won: Third place
  • Poitiers Film Festival, France (28 November – 7 December, 2014)
    Competition
  • Premiers Plans Film Festival, France (16 – 25 January, 2015)
    Student Film Competition Won: Audience Award
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (21 January – 1 February, 2015)
    Out of Competition: Educational program
  • Clermont-Ferrand – International Short Film Festival, France (30 January – 7 February, 2015)
    Out of competition: Netherlands Film Academy retrospective
  • Kort Geschoten – Kort Filmfestival, Belgium (13 February, 2015)
  • FEC European Short Film Festival, Spain (11 – 15 March, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Second Prize
  • Cineclass – International Student Film Festival, France (30 March – 3 April, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Prix Cinémaster Critique
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (22 – 26 April, 2015)
    Official Competition
  • ShorTS – International Film Festival, Italy (2 – 10 July, 2015)
    Maremetraggio Section
  • Pamplona Film Festival, Spain (5 – 9 October, 2015)
    Alternatif International Competition
  • shnit International Shortfilmfestival (7 – 18 October, 2015)
    International Competition shnit OPEN
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy (8 – 17 October, 2015)
    Out of competition: Euroshort
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland (23 – 28 November, 2015)
    Out of Competition: Netherlands Film Academy retrospective
  • Magma – mostra di cinema breve, Italy (25 – 28 November, 2015)
    Official Competition
  • Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium (27 April – 8 May, 2016)
    Out of competition: Dutch Focus
  • WE Film Festival, the Netherlands (28 – 30 April, 2016)
    Non-competitive festival

 

Director: Mees Peijnenburg
Screenwriter: Merinde Verbeek
Producer: Layla Meijman
Line Producer: Lotte Bronshoff
 & Paul Overste
Cinematographer: Stephan Polman
Gaffer: Benjamin Sparschuh
Production Designer: Tim Balk
Art Director: Nelli Bodt
Costume Designer: Vita Mees
 & Maxa van Panhuis
Make-up: Elsa Helwig
Editor: Imre Reutelingsperger
Sound Design: Taco Drijfhout
Sound Recorder: Dennis Alink
Composer: Robin Assen
Credit song: ‘In the Long Run’ by awkward i
Mix: Tom Jansen
Casting: Kemna Casting, Job Castelijn
& Shanti Besseling
Grading : Joppo in de grot
Cast: Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders