Skip to main content

GUERNSEY

The Netherlands / Belgium, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Emergence: New Women Filmmakers)

Director: Nanouk Leopold

Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another.

A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a colleague commits suicide while they're both working abroad, Anna keeps the incident secret, which festers into a skewed view of her closest relationships with those around her. Eschewing heightened drama, the film quietly unfolds as she questions what she means to her family and, in fact, if they really know her at all. As Anna emotionally distances, she effectively becomes a voyeur to her own domestic dramas.

Highly contemplative, subtle and emotionally wrenching, Guernsey is a ravishingly visual work that screened to considerable acclaim during Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

D/S Nanouk Leopold P Stienette Bosklopper WS Circe Films L Dutch w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/90mins

Nanouk Leopold was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1968. Her films include Weekend (1998, short), Max Lupa (1999, TV) and Iles Flottantes (2000).

See also...

WOLFSBERGEN

“Konraad writes a letter. This is where the film begins. Eventually he will die. This is where the film ends.” - filmmaker Nanouk Leopold After the death of his wife, Konraad decides he wants to ... More »

LONGING

An inadvertent infidelity propels three inhabitants of a small German town into a fraught love triangle in this powerful, minutely and beautifully observed second film from director Valeska ... More »

SOMEONE ELSE'S HAPPINESS

“Her (Troch's) almost scientific approach, married to an intense emotional investment in her characters, recalls elements from Ingmar Bergman's most celebrated films.” - Toronto International ... More »

LOOKING FOR CHEYENNE

“Suspenseful, funny, touching, sexy, and painlessly pertinent.” - Variety A love story between two women, Looking for Cheyenne also explores the deeper questions about the extent to which ... More »

GRBAVICA

Winner of the Golden Bear, Peace Film Award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Named after the neighbourhood adjacent to where the film's writer-director was ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director