Nizozemski povijesni drama redatelja i ko-scenarista Reinouta Oerlemansa u maniri filma Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Radnja filma je bazirana na istinitom povijesnom događaju s kraja 16. stoljeća kada je Nizozemska flota neuspješno pokušala pronaći novu trgovačku rutu prema Aziji preko Sjevernog Pola. Film će biti snimljen i prikazan u 3D tehnici, što ga zanimljivo čini prvim Nizozemskim 3D film0m. Premijera istoga je zakazana za 24. studeni 2011.
Nova Zembla tells the gripping true story of the legendary failed mission of the late sixteenth century Dutch flotilla trying to find a trading route to Asia across the North Pole. The ship crew, who got stuck in the ice of Nova Zembla and had to survive the dark coldness of winter in the most gruesome of circumstances.
An incredibly powerful story of determination, hardship and a triumph of the human spirit. The sixteenth century Dutch ship crew is leaving the port of Amsterdam and sailing to the northern arctic, where they get stuck in the ice. Two ships take part at the mission and captain De Rijp decides to return while he still can, while the other ship helmed by Willem Barentsz, stubbornly proceeds.
The crew of Willem Barentsz gets stuck in the ice and strands on the island Nova Zembla, where they build and live in the Kept House. We discover how they fought polar bears, poisoned themselves by eating polar bear meat, struggled to fight the cold and fought among themselves.The story emphasizes on Gerrit de Veer, a young man who gets a job on the ship as a writer. Although there are a lot of casualties, part of the crew eventually makes it back to civilization and returns one year later to Amsterdam as heroes.