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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Joke Olthaar

Joke OLTHAAR (1964, Netherlands) has been making theatre for over 20 years and was the founder of Theater Grrr. In 2011, she won the Culture Prize, IJsselmonde, an award for an exceptional collaboration between visual artists and residents. Her first short film, Hier is Harry Merry (2013), originated from 7 Inch Docs, a competition for short documentaries. It had its world premiere at IFFR and was described as “a true gem” by de Volkskrant. With André Schreuders, she co-directed the absurdist short film Duet of 3 Idiots (2015). In both theatre and film, Olthaar is fascinated by nature. BERG (2021) is her first feature film.


Hier is Harry Merry/Here Is Harry Merry (2013, short doc), Duet of 3 Idiots (2015, short, co-dir), BERG (2021)

Joke Olthaar at IFFR

  • BERG

    The sensation of being overwhelmed by nature shot in aesthetic black and white. With an undercurrent of spiritual connectedness.

    • Bright Future
  • Elefanten Boots

    Inexplicable events in Super-8 about a Cold War spy and a neglected bear in boots.

    • Short: Starting from Scratch
  • Hier is Harry Merry

    Finally, a portrait of Harry Merry, one of Rotterdam’s true characters. He plays inimitable rock music on his organ, dressed in a sailor suit.

    • Spectrum Shorts