Nanouk Leopold (Rotterdam, 1968) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam in 1992 and from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in 1998. Her first feature 'Îles Flottantes' was selected for the IFFR Tiger Competition in 2001. Her sophomore film 'Guernsey' was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes in 2005. Her subsequent movies 'Wolfsbergen', 'Brownian Movement', ' It's all so quiet' and 'Cobain' all premiered at the Berlinale, in different sections. Since 2008, under the name Leopold Emmen, Nanouk and her partner Daan have collaborated as an artistic duo resulting in many different kinds of (commissioned) audiovisual installations. In 2017 Leopold directed her first theater play ‘Life of the Marionettes’ for International Theater Amsterdam for which Leopold Emmen was responsible for the stage design together with regular collaborator Elsje de Bruijn. Since Nanouk directed multiple theater plays in the Netherlands and Germany and she also directed the opera Der Zwerg for the Dutch national opera in 2021.
During this evening Hugo Emmerzael and Steven Rubinstein will talk with Nanouk about how she developed her voice over her 25 years career as a film director. What directing and creating work outside of the cinematic industry has brought her. And how it influences her cinematic voice. This conversation will be illustrated by clips from Leopolds’ work.
During the conversation the more practical side of being an author will also be discussed. Can one of the Netherlands most successful authors live off just writing and directing movies if she would want to? Or is it a necessity to diversify one's practices? And how do you navigate other opportunities and still keep time and space for the long process of making feature films? Would she direct a movie or series for a streamer and why?
The programme will start at 20:00 and last for 1,5 to 2 hours. Afterwards the bar of MACA will stay open to facilitate further conversation and discussion. The conversations will be in English and all audiovisual works will be English subtitled (if possible).
This programme was made possible with the support of