The Zigzag Kid


Film Info

Country Netherlands, Belgium
Language Dutch / English / French
Year of Release 2014
Running Time 95 minutes


Director Vincent Bal
Screenplay Vincent Bal
Screenplay Jon Gilbert
Based on the Book by David Grossman
Producer Burny Bos
Producer Els Vandevorst
Co-Producer Antonino Lombardo
Cinematography Walther Vanden Ende
Editor Peter Alderliesten
Music Thomas de Prins


Lola Isabella Rossellini
Nono Thomas Simon
Felix Burghart Klaussner
Jacob Fedja Van Huêt
Gaby Jessica Zeylmaker
Zohara Camille De Pazzis



A witty, spirited and action-­‐packed adventure about an almost-­‐thirteen-­‐year-­‐old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies…

Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble.  Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life.

Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.

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"The Zigzag Kid" - Coming to Theaters

"Delightful and heartfelt."
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Based on the acclaimed novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid is a whimsical, sharply written and wonderfully entertaining film – a sure-fire crowd pleaser that uses humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil to speak to adults and teenagers alike.

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The Boston Globe

"Delightful and heartfelt. A family film that’s clever and heartfelt enough to engage parents, grandparents, possibly even surly teens."

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San Diego Reader

"A first-rate family film for children of all ages. If your kids are old enough to read subtitles, don’t deprive them of this wonderful adventure comedy. And for the adults in our audience, I humbly submit a far more challenging and entertaining experience than any of the live-action crap Disney has been peddling the last 30 years."

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Four Stars! "Say yes to Nono. (This) “Pink Panther”-style caper is cute and clever."

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Children's Jury Prize - Best Feature Film
Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014

Audience Award - Best Feature
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival 2013

Golden Elephant Award - Best Screenplay
International Children’s Film Festival in India 2013

Grand Prix Award
Kyoto International Children's Film Festival 2013

Winner - Young Audience Award
European Film Academy 2013

Audience Award - Best Feature
ANDkids World Film Festival 2013

Opening Night Film
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2013

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