Engel Frank van den
Filmmaker Aliona van der Horst follows the trail of the unconventional Dutch-Japanese pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama who made a huge work of art on the theme of womanhood and fertility. She created a cathedral-like space out of twelve thousand white silk dresses in which visitors, as in a ritual, roamed around and fell silent. And where people confessed intimate details about children who were or were not born, about sexuality and life-choices. In a visual and poetic way, the film penetrates into what is probably still one of the greatest of taboos, menstruation, and, as a consequence, touches upon universal themes around life and death.
Frank van den Engel (1956, Rotterdam). In 1997 he started an independent documentary production company Zeppers Film & TV as executive producer. In ten years time he produced over 50 films, for theatre and television. Some of these have been awarded at prestigious festivals around the world: Andre Hazes - she believes in me, Dans, Grozny Dans, Voices of Bam. Nowadays he combines production work with the development and realization of his own film projects, and with the coaching of first time directors. His debut Normaal - I always come back (82 mins) was theatrically released in 2002. His latest documentary Between Heaven and Earth (70 mins) was released in the cinema in 2007.
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