EN - Ten-year-old Karo grows up with her parents in an Amsterdam commune in the Seventies. As an only child, she leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. The mandate says that everything is to be shared in the squat, but soon not everyone is able to honour these ideals. Karo is torn between the love for her mother and loyalty towards her father and his ideals. She slowly realizes that nothing can stay the same forever …

FR - Dans les années 70, Karo, 10 ans, grandit avec ses parents dans la ville d’Amsterdam. En tant que fille unique, elle mène une existence sans souci au milieu d’une utopie pour adultes. Le mandataire dit que tout doit être partagé dans le squat, mais bientôt, tout le monde n’acceptera pas d’honorer ces idéaux. Karo est partagée entre son amour pour sa mère et sa loyauté envers son père et ses idéaux. Petit à petit, elle comprend que les choses ne peuvent rester ce qu’elles sont pour toujours.

Info

Title My Queen Karo
Original title My Queen Karo
Original language dutch & french
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 2009

Credits

Cast Anna Franziska Jaeger, Matthias Schoenaerts, Déborah François
Photography Jan Vancaillie
Editing Marie-Helene Dozo
Music Peter Vermeersch

Technical specs

Running time film ± 105'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby SR
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, CoBO, CFB, Eurimages and NPS, VRT, RTBF

Festivals

2010: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NLD) / Berlin International Film Festival (DEU) / Regards d'ailleurs (FRA) / Créteil International Women's Film Festival (FRA) / Dallas International Film Festival (USA) / Off Plus Camera International Festival (POL) / Tribeca Film Festival (USA) / San Francisco International Film Festival (USA) / Eurocine 27 (FRA) / Aruba International Film Festival (ABW) / Incontri Cinematografici Stresa (ITA) / Filmfest München (DEU) / Taipei Film Festival (TWN) / Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (POL) / FFiA Summer Film (POL) / Seoul International Film Festival (KOR) / Scottsdale International Film Festival (USA) / Roumania International Film Festival (RO) / European Film Academy Awards (EST) / Cinema Filmtheater GmbH (DEU) / Haus der Niederlande (DEU) / Multiplex Cinecentre (FRA) / Associazione Culturale Modulo Lem (ITA) / European Film Festival Warsaw (POL)

Awards

2010: Prijs van de Jongerenjury (Créteil International Women's Film Festival) / Beste scenario (Dorothée Van Den Berghe), Beste Actrice (Anna Franziska Jaeger). Verder genomineerd voor Beste Film, Beste Actrice in Bijrol, Beste Debuut en Publieksprijs (Vlaamse Filmprijzen)

Beyond the Steppes released in the US

Vanguard Cinema has released Vanja d’Alcantara’s Award winning debut feature Beyond the Steppes on DVD in the US. Earlier this year the release studio did the same for Dorothée Van den Berghe’s My Queen Karo.

Still from Vanja d'Alcantara's Beyond the SteppesBeyond the Steppes tells the story of a woman’s forced journey to the steppes of Central Asia. Nina, a young Polish woman, is deported with her baby by the Soviet Army in 1940, to the deep hostile lands of the USSR, where she is obligated to work under the control of the Russian political police.

Published on Sunday 30 September 2012

Anna Franziska Jaeger Best Actress at Cinoche

Anna Franziska Jaeger, the young actress who plays the title role in Dorothée van den Berghe's My Queen Karo has won the Alcoa Prize for Best Actress Award at this year's 23rd Cinoche Festival of International Cinema of Baie-Comeau (14-23 January) in Québec, Canada.

Anna Franziska Jaeger in My Queen KaroMy Queen Karo was among the 30 features competing at the Festival. Jaeger plays the role of 10-year-old Karo who grows up with her parents in an Amsterdam commune in the 70s. As an only child, she leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. The mandate says that everything is to be shared in the squat, but soon not everyone is able to honour these ideals.

Published on Monday 31 January 2011

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Last edited on 26 June 2014

Short info

Director Dorothée van den Berghe
Producers Frank Van Passel , Bert Hamelinck , Kato Maes
Writers Peter Van Kraaij , Dorothée van den Berghe
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