by Sophie Schoukens
Belgium/Germany 2010, 85 min, 35 mm
A young woman. An old man. Lust and love - leading towards a hidden past.
20-year old Marieke lives with her mother, a woman left cold and distant ever since her husband died. During the day, Marieke works in a chocolate factory. At night, she escapes into the arms of much older men. The arrival of Jacoby, a book editor living abroad, upsets Marieke’s precarious balance: Jacoby is searching for her father’s last manuscript. Her mother does everything in her power to keep them apart. She fears that he will reveal the secret that has remained hidden for so many years. Nevertheless, Marieke and Jacoby get closer…
Cast & Crew
With: Hande Kodja, Jan Decleir, Barbara Sarafian, Caroline Berliner
Production: Sophimages in Co-Production with Pallas Film
BIldkunst Award for the Best Production Design - Hof IFF 2010
Namur FF 2010
Marrakesch IFF 2010
Annonay FF 2010
International Premiere: San Sebastián IFF 2010
Sophie Schoukens trained as an art historian and holds masters degrees in both communication sciences and film. She is a graduate of Eave, Binger, Arista and Moonstone. She started her career as a stage actress in New York where she also attended Frank Daniel’s scriptwriting classes at Columbia. On her return to Europe, she became a film producer and produced several award-winning international co-productions (see also www.sophimages.be)
She worked for five years at the European Commission’s MEDIA Programme, becoming its head of development. In 2007 she left the MEDIA to realize her dream: to direct movies.
Alice or life in black and white is her first film as a director. The short film was selected for the 2007 Berlinale and, since then, has been invited to over 120 international festivals and won a dozen international prizes.
Marieke Marieke is her first feature film. This film will have its world premiere in the Competition of the San Sebastian Film Festival (2010)
Currently she is developing several new feature and documentary projects.