International Film Festival Rotterdam confirmed that it will present the international premiere of Patrice Toye’s fourth feature Tench. The film will be part of IFFR’s Limelight programme. The news follows on the heels of Tench winning the Film Fest Gent’s audience award.

Tench stars Tijmen Govaerts (Girl), Julia Brown, Ina Geert and Line Pillet (Little Black Spiders). The film tells the story of Jonathan, an introverted and kind-hearted young man. He returns from jail to the coastal village where he lives with his mother. They don’t talk about the cause of his absence. In the house next door, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter have moved in. One day, Jonathan returns from a trip to the dune ponds with a wounded tench, a fish of the cyprinid family. The girl comes over to admire the fish. They start to seek out each other’s company more often and develop a close friendship. But Jonathan is struggling with his own desires.

Based on the novel Muidhond by Inge Schilperoord, the adaptation was by Patrice Toye and Peter Seynaeve. DOP is Richard van Oosterhout, with John Parish responsible for the original score.

Tench is represented internationally by BE For Films.