Nanouk Leopold

Nanouk Leopold

Still: Iles flottantes
Nanouk LEOPOLD (1968, Netherlands) is a filmmaker, screenwriter and theatre director. She was born in Rotterdam and trained in directing at the Netherlands Film Academy. She won the Tuschinski Award for her graduation film Weekend (1998) as well as the Kodak Award at the Munich Film Festival. Her feature debut Îles flottantes was nominated for a Tiger Award at IFFR in 2001. In collaboration with visual artist Daan Emmen, she started Beeldcollectief Leopold Emmen, which led to the installation Close-up (2009). It’s All So Quiet, based on the novel by Gerbrand Bakker, was the opening film of the Panorama Special programme in Berlin in 2013 and won several international awards. Leopold’s sixth feature Cobain (2018) had its world premiere at the Berlinale, where it was nominated for a Crystal Bear. The film was also nominated for five Golden Calfs at the Netherlands Film Festival, and won two. She made her debut as a theatre director for International Theatre Amsterdam in 2017, with an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s From the Life of the Marionettes. In 2019, she directed Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.


Fishy (1994, short), F 100,- (1995, short), Anna (1996, short), Marseille 1-2 (1998, short), Weekend (1998), Max Lupa (1999, TV short), Îles flottantes (2001), Guernsey (2005), Wolfsbergen (2007), Het Atelier (2008, instal, co-dir), Huis Clos (2008, instal, co-dir), Close-up (2009, instal, co-dir), Sandra/Charlotte (2009, instal, co-dir), Prefab (2009, instal, co-dir), Brownian Movement (2010), He Who Travels/TRAVERSE [part 1] (2011, instal, co-dir), Emoticon (2011, instal, co-dir), In the Company of Bears (2011, instal, co-dir), Freetown/Reconstructie (2012, instal, co-dir), Boven is het stil/It’s All So Quiet (2013), Surrounded by Sagacity (2015, instal, co-dir), Study of a Portrait (2016, instal, co-dir), Cobain (2018), What have you done with the Scissors? (2020, instal, co-dir)

More info:
Wikipedia, Nanouk Leopold
Beeldcollectief Leopold Emmen

Nanouk Leopold at IFFR



When the Rotterdam director Nanouk Leopold made her début in 2001 at the IFFR with Îles flottantes, this was the start of a beautiful film career. Her following features have been screened at big festivals such as Berlin and Cannes. It's hardly possible to get any bigger, or is it? For the IFFR she is making a film that will be projected more than life size on a wall in our own city.For this Urban Screen project, Leopold cooperated with the visual artist Daan Emmen, with whom she has formed the Beeldcollectief Leopold Emmen. Leopold and Emmen here play with the conventions of film and image in public space. They have made a six-hour close-up, the most powerful image in a film. Their Close-up is, however, not a film in the classic sense of the word. They also don't call it a film but a film image.Most viewers of Close-up will be chance passers-by: people who have not consciously chosen to look at this image - whereas a cinema visitor does. The passers-by glance and then carry on with what they were doing. As a result, they decide the rhythm of this film, which is dependent on where and when they look, for how long and how often. The image changes slowly, so that the viewer who comes past at different times always sees something slightly different. A face looks at the viewer. But who is looking at whom?

Nanouk Leopold, Daan Emmen
  • 420'

  • Netherlands

IFFR 2009

World premiere