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Paula van der Oest is a Director and Scriptwriter Néerlandaise born on 1965 at Laag-Soeren (Pays-bas)

Paula van der Oest

Paula van der Oest
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Nationality Pays-bas
Birth 1965 (57 years) at Laag-Soeren (Pays-bas)
Awards Golden Calf, Golden Calf for Best Director

Paula van der Oest (born 1965 in Laag-Soeren, Gelderland) is a Dutch film director and screenwriter. Her film Zus & Zo (2001) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

With her final exam at the Dutch Film and Television Academy, Zinderend, she won a Cannon Award in 1988. In the following years, she worked as an assistant director, until she returned in 1994 as a director. For the VPRO-series Lolamoviola she made the short movies Coma and Achilles en het zebrapad (Achilles and the Zebracrossing). With the first, she won a Golden Calf for the best television drama.

In 1996 Van der Oest made her first long movie, De nieuwe moeder (The New Mother). Her husband at the time, Theu Boermans, had a role in this movie (later, he would also have a role in Zus & Zo). De trip van Teetje (the journey of Teetje) was produced in 1998, with Cees Geel as a louche entrepreneur who buys a Russian cargo ship.

With Zus & Zo, loosely based on Chekhov's The Three Sisters, Van der Oest directed her first mainstream-movie in 2001. The realistic character and the relations among the individuals from her former movies remained central, but there was more humour added, and an English script doctor made some changes, resulting in an Oscar nomination. However, the general public left the movie unseen.

Hereafter she created the English thriller/fairytale Moonlight (2002) about the relation between a 13-year old girl and a balloon swallower of the same age; the movie Madame Jeannette, situated in the Suriname-community (which was a great success in the Amsterdam Bijlmer area in 2004); and the movie Verborgen gebreken (2004), based on a book by Renate Dorrestein. Moonlight was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.

In 2001 she wrote the screenplay for Meral Uslu's telefilm Roos and Rana.

Currently, Paula van der Oest is planning a second film about Suriname and she is working on a movie based on Heleen van Royen's De gelukkige huisvrouw (The Happy Homemaker).

Best films

Zus & Zo (2002)
(Director)

Usually with

Anneke Blok
Anneke Blok
(2 films)
Halina Reijn
Halina Reijn
(2 films)
Thekla Reuten
Thekla Reuten
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Paula van der Oest (6 films)

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Director

Accused
Accused (2014)
, 1h37
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Ariane Schluter, Barry Atsma, Sallie Harmsen, Amanda Ooms, Fedja van Huêt, Marwan Kenzari
Rating69% 3.4986053.4986053.4986053.4986053.498605
Dans les années 2000 aux Pays-Bas, victime d'une erreur judiciaire, une infirmière condamnée pour avoir assassiné des patients, est finalement innocentée après plus de 6 ans de prison.
Black Butterflies, 1h40
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Origin German
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Pregnancy films, Poésie, Films about racism
Actors Carice van Houten, Rutger Hauer, Liam Cunningham
Rating61% 3.0500853.0500853.0500853.0500853.050085
The film is a depiction of the life of Ingrid Jonker (1933–65) (played by Van Houten), an Afrikaner. Her mother has died in a mental hospital, she lives with her sister at her grandmother's. After the passing of her grandmother Ingrid and her sister come to live with their father Abraham (played by Hauer), who treats them as outsiders. Ingrid marries, and gives birth to a daughter, but the marriage does not last. It is the era of apartheid, of which her father is a strong proponent, being South Africa's Minister of Censorship. Ingrid is opposed to the apartheid regime, and has a strained relationship with her father. He opposes her relationship with author Jack Cope (played by Cunningham) and her anti-apartheid poetry, which is inciteful in his eyes. He would like to ban one of her works but doesn't, fearing a widespread riot.
Moonlight
Moonlight (2002)
, 1h31
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Laurien Van den Broeck, Halina Reijn, Andrew Howard, Johan Leysen, Jemma Redgrave
Rating60% 3.0070853.0070853.0070853.0070853.007085
Claire trouve dans le jardin de ses parents un garçon de son âge grièvement blessé et ne parlant pas sa langue. Elle le soigne en cachette mais découvre rapidement qu'il s'agit d'un passeur de drogue, poursuivi par des trafiquants. Pour le sauver, Claire s'enfuit avec lui. Ils deviennent alors les proies d'un tueur sans merci…
De Trip Van Teetje, 1h30
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Actors Thekla Reuten
Rating66% 3.336623.336623.336623.336623.33662
Tate (Teetje) and his friends rob a jewelry store in the middle of the night. The guards catch them red handed, but they manage to escape with the loot, which consists mainly of Rolexes. It becomes clear that this type of criminality is a habit for Tate, but when he meets his girlfriend Mary, he promises her to 'quit the life'. In order to do so, he buys a Russian ship that is offered to him for €100,000 and was said to have electronics on board, worth at least two million. To be able to buy the ship, he borrows money from his friends with whome he did the robbery, thinking that he can easily pay them back shortly. After the purchase is complete, Tate visits the ship and finds out that there is a 30-man Russian crew on board, and only little food. He also finds out that along with the ship, he also bought a €200,000 debt to Yugoslavia and hence, the ship has been chained. On top of that, it turns out that the crew hasn't been paid any wages for the past three years, which is the time the Russian crew have been stuck on board the ship in the Rotterdam harbour.

Scriptwriter

De Trip Van Teetje, 1h30
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Actors Thekla Reuten
Rating66% 3.336623.336623.336623.336623.33662
Tate (Teetje) and his friends rob a jewelry store in the middle of the night. The guards catch them red handed, but they manage to escape with the loot, which consists mainly of Rolexes. It becomes clear that this type of criminality is a habit for Tate, but when he meets his girlfriend Mary, he promises her to 'quit the life'. In order to do so, he buys a Russian ship that is offered to him for €100,000 and was said to have electronics on board, worth at least two million. To be able to buy the ship, he borrows money from his friends with whome he did the robbery, thinking that he can easily pay them back shortly. After the purchase is complete, Tate visits the ship and finds out that there is a 30-man Russian crew on board, and only little food. He also finds out that along with the ship, he also bought a €200,000 debt to Yugoslavia and hence, the ship has been chained. On top of that, it turns out that the crew hasn't been paid any wages for the past three years, which is the time the Russian crew have been stuck on board the ship in the Rotterdam harbour.
Another Mother
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Genres Drama
Actors Jānis Reinis, Anneke Blok
Roles Writer
Rating68% 3.4209153.4209153.4209153.4209153.420915