The Origin of Trouble

A film by

the Netherlands | 29' | 09/2016 | documentary

What causes a father to be absent and what are the consequences of his absence? Director Tessa Pope confronts her past and deals with the complex relationship with her father. Archive material and interviews with the whole family bring all the pieces of the puzzle together, resulting in a story about family, love, hope and losses.

Tessa Louise Pope

Biography

Being a curious girl from a young age, Tessa was always fascinated by the way humans interact with each other. Later on, as a daughter of a psychologist and a filmmaker, she found the ultimate combination in the profession of documentary filmmaking. Her analyzing, psychological way of thinking helps her to portray her often colorful characters.  Her work focuses on inter-human relationships and their incomprehensible complexity. She adds a touch of humor to relive the sometimes painful process.

Filmography

  • Dear Pappa – 11’30” – 2009
  • Mannetje – 4’ – 2010
  • Some Day – 15’ – 2011
  • Heart-Head – 10’ – 2012
  • Little Man – 20’ – 2015

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Crew

Director: Tessa Louise Pope
Producer: Emeline Bakker & Julia Notenboom
Cinematographer: Gijs Wilbers
Sound-design: Laszlo Brinhoff
Editor: Fatih Tura
Composer: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Sound recording: Regard Ibrahim
Re-recording mixer: Jacob Oostra
Visual effects: Roel Meijering
Grading: John Thorborg

Festivals

  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 30 September, 2016)
    Student Competition
  • Ruwe Diamant Festival, the Netherlands (21 September, 2016)
  • Eindhoven Film Festival, the Netherlands (9 – 11 December, 2016)
    Official Selection
  • Vers Awards, the Netherlands (17 December, 2016)
    Competition
  • Flickerfest’s International Short Film Festival, Australia (6 – 15 January, 2017)
    Documentary Competition
  • Vrouw&Film – Internationaal Filmfestival Assen, the Netherlands (11 – 12 March, 2017)
    KersVers Won: Best Film
  • CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Denmark (16 – 26 March, 2017)
    NEXT:WAVE AWARD Competition
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Dutch Competition Won: Vevam Go Short Award for Best Dutch Short Film & Oscar Qualifier
  • Krakow Film Festival, Poland (28 May – 5 June, 2017)
    Short Film Competition Won: Silver Dragon For The Director Of The Best Documentary Film & Oscar Qualifier
  • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (8 – 16 July, 2017)
    Go Short: Best Dutch Shorts
  • First Step Film Festival, Albania (19 – 23 September, 2017)
    Go Short: Best Dutch Shorts
  • Docfest – Documentary Film Festival Maastricht, the Netherlands (22 – 24 September, 2017)
  • Hancheng International Short Film Festival, China (1 – 8 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, United States (6 – 15 October, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • European Film Festival dokumentART, Germany (13 – 17 October, 2017)
    European Competition
  • Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele, Germany (21 – 22 October, 2017)
    Official Competition Won: Audience Award
  • Hyperfest, Romania (27 – 31 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada (9 – 19 November, 2017)
    International Short And Medium-Length Competition
  • ALCINE – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain (10 – 17 November, 2017)
    European Competition Won: Audience Award
  • 2ANNAs IFF, Latvia (28 November – 3 December, 2017)
    International Mid-length Film Competition
  • FIDÉ – Festival International du Documentaire Émergent, France (4 – 8 April, 2018)
    Official Selection
  • Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia (20 – 28 April, 2018)
    Out of Competition: Film On Women
  • Cinema in Sneakers – Film Festival for Children & Youth, Poland (7 – 17 June, 2018)
    Children Short Film Competition Special Mention