SIGMA PICTURES was established in 1974 by MATTHIJS VAN HEIJNINGEN as independent producer of Dutch feature films and international co-productions.
38 feature films have been made since. The company has produced some of the most successful films in the history of Dutch cinema: A FLIGHT OF RAINBIRDS (Ate de Jong), CISKE DE RAT (Guido Pieters), THE COOL LAKES OF DEATH(Nouchka van Brakel) and THE LIFT (Dick Maas), which was distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. ORLANDO and THE TANGO LESSON (Sally Potter), ELINE VERE (Harry Kümel) and ALL MEN ARE MORTAL (Ate de Jong) are some of the international co-productions of Sigma Pictures.
Sigma has also produced many art films, that have received good critical acclaim and have achieved success on international film festivals. They include A QUESTION OF SILENCE and BROKEN MIRRORS (Marleen Gorris) VIGOUR and IT WILL NEVER BE SPRING (Frouke Fokkema), FALSE LIGHT (Theo Van Gogh), RITUALS (Herbert Curiël) and FOR A LOST SOLDIER (Roeland Kerbosch) which was distributed very successfully in the U.S.A.
After 4 productions in 2000/2001 KEES DE JONGEN/YOUNG KEES was produced in 2003 directed by Andre van Duren. In 2011 Sigma made with the same director DE BENDE VAN OSS/THE GANG OF OSS. Young Kees a historic family drama about 12 year old daydreaming Kees Bakels living in the Jordaan quarter of Amsterdam in 1895 who develops into a doer and The Gang of Oss social drama about the criminal gangs in the town of Oss in the southern part of the Netherlands set in the 30ties of the 20th century. The Gang of Oss was the opening film of The Netherlands Film Festival 2011 received 7 nominations for actor, supporting actor, screenplay, cinematography, art direction, from the audience and won the Golden Calf for Music. On the International Festival du Film Policier in Liege Belgium, Sylvia Hoeks was awarded as Best Actress and Andre van Duren for Best Direction.
Producers Matthijs van Heijningen en Guurtje Buddenberg are still developing projects: HET LEVEN IS VURRUKKULLUKfor Frans Weisz, based on the novel by Remco Campert. Theo Nijland is writing the screenplay.
DE HELLEVEEG (THE FURY) based on the novel written by A.F.Th. van der Heijden a film by Andre van Duren is completed and will have its premiere in the Netherlands 24th March 2016 by Entertainment One with 60 prints. Production Info.