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Sharif Abdel Mawla & Bodil Matheeuwsen

Sharif Abdel Mawla & Bodil Matheeuwsen


Director and scriptwriter Sharif Abdel Mawla and scriptwriter Bodil Matheeuwsen talk about their work and inspirations during Badlands, which allows new Dutch film talents to present themselves in collaboration with the Hollands Licht production company. Followed by the film they selected.

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Who determines the cinematic landscape of the future? Which stories will be told and how? Talented filmmakers early days of their careers tell us. Presented by Noa Johannes. Today:

Sharif Abdel Mawla is the director and scriptwriter of the short film Jetski and the maker of the Adem Je In music video for S10, the Netherlands’ entry to the European Song Festival. He studied Media & Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Before becoming a director, he worked for international brands and agencies. His first short film 7 Marokkanen en Jos (2017) premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival. Sharif’s work was featured in Nowness, Hypebeast, Another Man, i-D, Fast Company and It's Nice That and he has received various awards for it including a Webby Award, a Cannes Lion, a Lovie and a Merit.

Bodil Matheeuwsen is a scriptwriter who graduated from the Nederlandse Film Academie. She wrote the script for Porfotto, Verdwenen dagen and was co-scripted the first Dutch Netflix series Ares. She also received one of the three production contributions from Filmfonds voor Leeuwin. Bodil’s interests lie in writing idiosyncratic, small, human dramas. During her study programme, she wrote scripts about euthanasia, trauma processing and collaborated on a documentary about the debate concerning paedophilia. In 2017 she wrote La Luz Prendida, a graduation film for the LUCA School of Arts and developed a VR workshop for the Imagine Film Festival.

Badlands is a cooperation between Eye and the Hollands Licht production company. The latter wants to provide a home for new and experienced talent. A place where scriptwriters, directors, actors and producers with all manner of backgrounds and ambitions feel at home and can create their dream projects.

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Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them. These Badlands evenings are compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons.

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Sharif Abd el Mawla
Bodil Matheeuwsen

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