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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Jessica Woodworth

Jessica Woodworth (1971, USA) is a Belgian-American film director, screenwriter and producer based in Belgium. Her previous fiction feature films are Khadak (Venice Lion of the Future), Altiplano (Cannes Semaine), The Fifth Season (Venice Competition), King of the Belgians (Venice Orizzonti) and The Barefoot Emperor (Toronto), made with Peter Brosens. These films screened in over 350 festivals and won over 70 awards. Jessica grew up between Belgium, Switzerland and the US. She gives workshops for actors and directors, has been on juries worldwide and is a frequent mentor for film students. Her most recent filmLuka had its world premiere at IFFR 2023.  


Urga Song (1999, doc), The Virgin Diaries (2001, doc), Khadak (2006, co-dir), Altiplano (2009, co-dir), La cinquième saison/The Fifth Season (2010, co-dir), King of the Belgians (2016, co-dir), The Barefoot Emperor (2019, co-dir), La flotte (2022, short), Luka (2023)


More info: Wikipedia, Jessica Woodworth(in Dutch)

Jessica Woodworth at IFFR

  • Luka

    Jessica Woodworth’s fantasia of post-truth lunacy perhaps reflects the present more closely than is comfortable.

    • Big Screen Competition
  • La cinquième saison

    The third part, after Khadak and Altiplano, of a trilogy about the difficult relationship between man and nature. This time shot in the Wallonian area

    • Spectrum
  • The Barefoot Emperor

    Politics becomes absurdist theatre in this sequel to festival hit King of the Belgians – understated humour and refreshing satire.

    • Limelight
  • King of the Belgians

    Widely praised Belgian mockumentary and road movie by IFFR regulars Brosens and Woodworth. A Belgian king hears during a state visit to Turkey that Wa

    • Limelight