Graduated as a visual artist at two Dutch Art Academies , Art Academy Minerva and De Ateliers, I went to Russia to make my first fiction film with co-director Beatrijs Hulskes. We worked four years on the film and lived in Sint Petersburg. The River Okkervil was based on a Russian story and filmed on location with a complete Russian cast & crew. I entered Russia as a painter and left it four years later as a filmmaker.
I mostly film in far away countries with a complete different culture than ours like Russia, China, Japan and Africa. My films are about people who experience a major event, about how they deal with it and how it makes them change. In my films the protagonists lose their dream love, their dreamed artistry or even worse, their child. However it are no sad movies. At first because they are poetic and aesthetic; secondly because of the tone: there is humor in it and they are by times hilarious. Thirdly, they have a positive effect, because the main characters always find a way to further, even better: to go on living.
My films are selected for International Film Festivals; they are released in Arthouse cinema’s in the Netherlands and in Asia; some of them have have been shown on Dutch TV. Due to the imagenary way of story telling my films are also shown in Museums of Modern Art.
My pre-last film Megumi was shown in Centre Pompidou Les Cinemas, swas elected for the long list of the European Film Academy Award, Documentary Art and released in Singapore in Cinema Old School. My films are distributed The Filmbank, EYE Film Institute (Filmmuseum) and Cinemien.