Barry Atsma and Jacob Derwig play leading roles in the Dutch war film

Barry Atsma and Jacob Derwig play leading roles in the Dutch war film

Photo: Jerome de Lint

Barry Atsma and Jacob Derwig go playing the lead roles in the new Dutch film Banker of the resistance.

They play the two brothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall, who in the Second world War by underground bank the resistance helped.

Atsma plays the role of Walraven, Derwig played the role of brother Gijs. The two actors were previously shown together in hbo’s hit series Penoza. The film is produced by NL Film (Kneeling on a bed of violins), the direction is in the hands of Joram Lürsen (love is All).

The recordings will start 2017 start; distributor Dutch FilmWorks, the film in the cinemas release.


Producer EN Film mentions the history of the brothers “one of the most impressive verzetsverhalen from that period. They belong to the great heroes of the recent national history”.

The creators work for the movie together with the family Of Wall. Walraven (1906-1945) was a banker in Zaandam. At the beginning of the war he was a co-founder of a nationwide aid organization, to resistance activities to provide financial support.

Light up

Together with his brother Gijs, who later became mayor of Amsterdam, he developed a worldwide unique method to The Dutch central Bank for 50 million guilders to light. Of Hall managed by this fraud and by large-scale private loans to a total of more than 106 million guilders (today, more than half a billion euros).

With this money, the majority of the illegal activities of the Dutch resistance funded.

Rutger Hauer

The brothers are also remembered by a monument that six years geelden on the Frediksplein is revealed, diagonally opposite The Nederlandsche Bank. A few years ago wanted to an actor Rutger Hauer the true oorlogsverhaal directing.

His plans for the English-language film Changing Fortunes are at the time stranded. Lürsen take over the direction of Diederik van Rooijen, who earlier in the project was, but nowadays in Hollywood, lives and works.

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