About

Marjoleine Boonstra is a Dutch filmdirector and photographer with over 25 years of experience. Her documentaries always circle around the theme: what keeps mankind alive. Her documentaries are screened at filmfestivals all over the world and have been awarded many times. In 2015 her first feature film Kurai KuraI, tales on the wind premiered (Prix Emile Guimet 2014). She combines a poetic visual approach with a compassionate view on the world, which make her documentaries striking and touching.

Films mentioned along with a Dutch broadcasting organization have been shown on television. The films have also been shown at national and international film festivals (including the International Documentary Festival/Amsterdam, Utrechtse Filmdagen, Rotterdam Film Festival/RFF, Banff(Canada), Benaki Museum Athene, Brooklyn filmfestival/New York, Institut Neerlandais/Parijs, Festival Créteil/Parijs, Galerie Gebauer/Berlijn, Boedapest, Frauen Filmfest/Keulen, Krakow, Kuhmo Museum/Seoul, Londen, Filmfestival Oberhausen, Sofia, Stuttgart, Tampere, Tel Aviv, Mexico-City en St Petersburg, Vesoul, Washington, Kunsthalle/Wenen.)

in progress:
- The miracle of the little prince, release 2018, PVH films
- Home away from Home, about the artist Do Ho Suh, release 2018 AVRO/TROS

Filmography Films (Direction and Scenario) :
- Mirrordreams (52min) 2018
- Hemelsleutel (2x 28 min) 2016
- Jongens waren we/When we were boys (48min) 2015 MAAS theatre and dance
- The silence of Mark Rothko (60 min) 2014 International filmfestival, EYE      
- Kurai, Kurai, (80 min) EYE, several movie theaters, Prix de Guimet, Vesoul
- Fresco's Paradise, (5x 40 min) series,
- Keep on stepping short, cross medial project, IDFA, UPC innovation award
- Among Horses and Men (73 min) IDFA 2010, New York – several theaters
- Ongehoord (6 x 40 min) series 2010
- Plywood dwelling (4 screens, video installation) 40" in coop. Aernout Mik
- Irene, a different life (50 min) 2009
- Witte Sneeuw (white snow), (3 min) 2008
- Zonnig Madeira (sunny madeira) (50 min) 2008
- Karel van het Reve (four grandsons tell) (30 min) 2007 
- Keep on stepping (Seven New Orleans Sketches) (67 min) 2007 
- A bad dream (IFFR, IBFF, Bilbao)(12 min) 2006 
- Robert, Mary and Katrina (IFFR, IBFF, Birds eye) (42 min. 2006
- Fingers pointing at the Moon (29 min) 2005 
- Sjanghai* video installation (30 min) 2005 
- Ironing Man* video installation (30 min) 2005 
 -Het sneeuwt vrienden [It’s snowing friends] (Utrecht) (50 min) 2005 
- HAVEN (IDFA, Rotterdam Film Festival) 16mm(70 min) 2004 
- Gadzo,Gadze (Rotterdam Film Festival) (6 min) 2004 
- Brytania, (Rotterdam Film Festival, Cretail) Betacam, (4 x 7 min) 2003
- Cold and Warm Bodies (Outlook Athene)* (18 x 12 min) 2002 
- BELA, BELA (IDFA, Cretail, Paris) 35mm (70 min) 2001 
- Hongkongoria (Van Abbe Museum)* (7 x 10 min) 1999 
- Ulay - In Photography (IDFA, Arte) (16mm 60 min)1997 
- Sa Nule (Human, IDFA) 35 mm (9 min) 1996 
- Borderline Cases* (IDFA)  (3x 50 min) series 1996 
- 50 jaar na Dato [50 years after the event] (50 min) 1995 
- Vraag en Aanbod [Supply and Demand]  (50 min) 1995 
- April 27, Vote one, Vote all 16 mm (16 min) 1994 
- Foreign Nightingale* (AVRO, BRT) 16 mm (56 min) 1994 
- A suitcase full of memories (HOS) 26 min. 1994 
- Our Man in Kazahkstan (KRO) 16 mm (55 min)1993 
- A Voice against Violence (40 min)1993 (Portrait of Mr. Max van der Stoel) 
- Skinheads (HOS) (30 min) 1992 
- Blue Highway (cinema commercial) 35 mm (15 min) 1991 
- Paradise of Forgetfulness 16 mm (55 min) 1990 
- Home away from Home (NOS) 16 mm (30 min) 1989 
- Merenque, Merenque* (NOS) 16 mm (40 min) 1988 
- Typisch Tupperware [Typically Tupperware] ( 30 min)1988 
-Thermisch Water [Thermal Water] 16 mm (30 min) 1987 
- Vierentwintig [Twenty-Four]  (30 min) 1986 
- Kosmopoliatana 16 mm (30 min)1985 
- Pose 16 mm (30 min) 1984 
(*) In collaboration with other directors 

Prizes:
-2015 Le prix Emile Guimet for Kurai, Kurai, Vesoul, France
-2012 UPC innovation award for the ipad application keep on steppin
-2006 Public prize Robert, Mary en Katrina, Internationaal Bunker Festival/ Italy
-2005 Nomination for the big prize on the Dutch Filmfestival/ Utrecht, for the best sound of the Film HAVEN. -2004 Prize for Britanya on the 50th International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Germany
-2002 L.J. Jordaanprijs, Award van het Amsterdams Fonds voor de kunsten, for the best documantary or    feature in 2002: BELA, BELA.
-2002 ICODO Award, for the film Bela, Bela, the best film of 2002 
-1998 Nomination for the big prize on the Dutch Filmfestival/Utrecht for documentairy : Ulay-in    photography
-1998 NominationThe Rocky awards Banff/ Canada for the documentary Ulay-in photography
-1997 Nominatie Echo awards London for the documentary serie: Borderline Cases
-1994 J.B. van Broekszprijs (VARA)for the documentary: Een Stem tegen Geweld
-1991 Pall Mall Export Movie Production Award for the script of Blue Highway.*

For more over than 25 years Marjoleine Boonstra is co-directing the video-installations of  Aernout Mik :              Cardboard Walls (2013), Shifting sitting(2012), Communitas (2010), Schoolyard(2008) Touch, Rise and Fall(2008), Mock Up(2007), Training Ground(2006), Scapegoats(2006), Vacuum room(2005), Osmosis and Excess(2005), Dispersion Room(2004), Sleeping Bus(2004), Pralel Corner(2003), Pulverous(2003), Zone(2002), Flock(2002), Park(2002), Middlemen(2001), Reversal Room(2001), Glutinosity(2001), Organic Escalator(2000), Softer Catwalk in Collapsing Rooms(1999), Lumber(1999), Float(1998), a small group falling(1998), Garage(1998), Lick(1997), Kitchen(1997), Stuffed, Weak and Filthy(1995), Fluff(1996)

TEACHING/COACHING FILM: 2015:-Tutor IDFA Documentary Film workshop/in coop. with Boris Gerrets
2014:-Tutor IDFA Documentary Film workshop
2011- 2013:‐ Guest teacher Master of Film- Netherlands Film Academy- AHK
2011:-Tutor IDFA Documentary Summer school
2009-2011:-Mentor Master of Film- Netherlands Film Academy- AHK
2005-2008:‐ Teacher Master of fine Arts AKV| St.Joost
- Guest teacher Film - Netherlands Film Academy- AHK
‐ Teacher:- Academy of fine Arts AKV| St.Joost
- Teacher:- Academy of fine Arts, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2005:-Tutor IDFA Documentary Film workshop

Coaching film:-2016:Ditteke Mensink- Thomas Verbogt. -2011:De smaak van de ziel regie; Robbert So Kiem Hwat. -2009:Poes bal dobber regie: Anja Hiddinga.- 2008:Een leven in beelden regie: Marlou van den Berg. 2007:Sergej Kreso: realisering van de film Jack,the Balkan and I.





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