Peter van Houten
Peter van HOUTEN (1951, Netherlands) is an independent filmmaker. He graduated in Painting at the art academies of Breda and Tilburg, followed by an education in Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 2001, his first feature, The Exposition of Anna Zharkov, premiered at IFFR. He makes short movies, feature-length films and creative documentaries, and is also responsible for the screenplay, cinematography, editing and production of all his films. In 1990, Van Houten founded the production company AnnaZharkovFilm.
(selection) Stolen Images (1989, short), The Exposition of Anna Zharkov (2001), Je m'appelle Liotta/My Name Is Liotta (2005), I'm Still Alive (2012), La vie de Jean-Marie/The Life of Jean-Marie (2015), Miel-Emile (2019)
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Peter van Houten at IFFR
The Exposition of Anna Zharkov
An experimental and artistic film about a young woman in a clinic, who swaps her personal life for idealism and religion after the death of her mother.
Je m'appelle Liotta
No Dutch level-headedness. Symbols and picturesque excess in a mysterious story about an almost mystical encounter between two pregnant women. Even the apples are pregnant.
I'm Still Alive
She’s alive, but won’t be for long. Soon a host of angels will fetch her. Poetic portrait of a Polish woman called Jadwiga, who is old, poor and has lived in many countries, including the Netherlands, but has now returned to Warsaw. The filmmaker follows her closely.
La vie de Jean-Marie
Beautiful, poetic documentary portrait of an aged Dutch pastor who - probably as the very last one - watches over the spiritual life of about 25 villages in the French Pyrenees and does so with an unprecedented vivacity, sincerity and sensitivity for female beauty. Long, but very infectious.
Poetic, patient and loving film essay about Emile, who is almost 80 and looks back on a wondrous youth in the French Pyrenees.