Sophie Schoukens’ debut feature Marieke, Marieke will be competing in the New Europe Competition at the 18th International Film Festival in Prague (Febiofest, 24 March-1 April). In what's turning out to be something of a bumper month for the film, Marieke, Marieke will also be shown in the Horizons programme of the 16th Vilnius International Filmfestival (17-31 March).

Jan Decleir in Marieke, Marieke‘The film combines simplicity with empathy and it belongs to the works by contemporary young Flemish female directors, who, in their films, focus on intimate portraits of the lives of female characters’, say officials on the Febiofest website, going on to compare Schoukens' work to that of other female directors from Flanders such as Caroline Strubbe (Lost Persons Area) and Fien Troch (Someone Else’s HappinessUnspoken).

The International Film Festival in Prague focuses on feature-length films, showing a wide variety of works, from conventional to experimental films. Other Flemish (co-)productions at the festival are Little Baby Jesus of Flandr in the ‘Upstream’ programme and The Barons in World Cinema Panorama. 

Marieke, Marieke will also participate in the Vilnius International Filmfestival. Here the feature will be screened in the Horizons programme, where it will be shown next to box office successes such as 127 Hours, A Single Man and The Kids Are All Right

In the film Sophie Schoukens tells the story of Marieke, a young girl who seeks refuge in the arms of older men to find the strength to face the past and finally be herself. The film is produced by Jan Roekens (Sophimages). Main roles are being played by Hande Kodja, Jan Decleir (The Alzheimer Case, The Barons) and Barbara Sarafian (Bullhead, Moscow Belgium). The film received support from the CCAV and VAF.

Published on Thursday 24 March 2011

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