Jungle Rudy – The Chronicle Of A Family

From Riches To Rainforest: The Unscrupulous Search For Adventure

In 1928, Rudolf Truffino was born as the third son of a banker in The Hague of Italian origin. The boy grows up in what was unprecedented luxury at that time, but at the moment he is asked to follow in his father’s footsteps, Rudy turns his back on everything and everyone. Rudy wants to go away. Away from the life that had been prepared for him and to the Venezuelan jungle.

Rudy puts places on the map where no man had ever been before, guides scientific expeditions and discovers new plant and animal species. While he wanders around, his father writes him bitter letters. Rudy becomes a well-known person under the name ‘Jungle Rudy’ and starts a family in the middle of the jungle. He receives celebrity guests at his camp, ‘Ucaima’, such as Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince Charles, the Canadian president Trudeau, film director Werner Herzog, astronaut Neil Armstrong and empress Farah Dibah.

More than ten years after ‘Jungle Rudy’ died in solitude in his hammock, his daughters still wonder what to do. The camp still exists. Should they continue the dream of their legendary father or should they return to civilization?

Jungle Rudy was awarded a Golden Calf for Best Editing during the Netherlands Film Festival 2006. In May 2007 it was awarded the second prize for Best Feature Length Documentary at Documenta Madrid (Spain).

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Director: Rob Smits
Scenario: Stefanie de Brouwer
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: NPS
Release: 2006
Length: 55 minutes/ 85 minutes



Golden Calf Best Editing (Netherlands Film Festival, 2006)

Best Full-Length Film (Documenta Madrid, 2007)

Magnolia Silver Award (Shanghai TV Festival, 2007)


Director and Cinematographer: Rob Smits
Scenario and Research: Stefanie de Brouwer
Archive 8mm film material: Ippy Truffino, Edith Vavken, Han Truffino, Bert
Rendering Edited by: Menno Boerema, Albert Elings and Eugenie Jansen, Chris van Oers
Sound: Albert Elings
Sound design: Mark Glynne
Music: Rob Smits
Letters and voice overs: Fedja van Huêt, Saskia van Drunen, Rita Lemke, Gerard van Westerloo, Britta Hosman, Edith Vavken
Camera: Assistant Daniël Bouquet
Title design: Christiaan de Rooij
Colourist: Gerlof Kamerling
Subtitles: Holland Subtitling
Publicity: Yaniv Wolf
Production coordination Venezuela: José Manuel Segnini
Line producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof
Producers: Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Commissioning editors NPS: Cees van Ede, Annemiek van der Zanden

This film is a Submarine production, in co-production with NPS television
This film was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, The Cobo Fund and The Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund

© 2006 Submarine, NPS