Programme

BECOMING MONA (KOM HIER DAT IK U KUS)

Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden

Netherlands, Belgium, 2020 / 100 min / Dutch OV with French or English subt. / Drama

Mona tries to break free from the stifling constraints of a life lived in the service of other people’s egos.

Mona is only nine years old when her mother dies in a car crash. When her father gets a new girlfriend, Mona makes the best of it, because she doesn’t want this new family to fall apart. She does everything in her power to make it work, even at her own expense. Despite the bullying she experiences, she blossoms into a talented young artist, but years of repressing her feelings have impaired her emotionally, binding her to unhealthy relationships at work and at home. Still, there is a fierce, independent spirit that lies inside her, waiting to be liberated. Eventually, she will have to learn that life is what happens when you stop living for others and start living for yourself.

An emotionally-charged tragicomic journey of courage, forgiveness and self-discovery, Becoming Mona tells a story in three parts of Mona’s struggle to break free from the stifling constraints of a life lived in the service of other people’s egos.

Screenings
Sat 06/03 19:30 Ciné Utopia NL OV with FR & NL subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003251
Sun 07/03 10:00 Online Public https://online.luxfilmfest.lu/film/becoming-mona/
Mon 08/03 19:00 Cinémathèque NL OV with EN subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003251
Fri 12/03 16:00 Ciné Utopia NL OV with FR & NL subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003251
Awards
  • Dutch Film Critics Award, Nederlands Film Festival, 2020 (Netherlands)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Tanya Zabarylo, Valentijn Dhaenens, Tom Vermeir, Wine Dierickx, Tijmen Govaerts, Stefan Perceval, Olivia Landuyt
Screenplay 
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden based on the novel “Mona in Three Acts” by Griet Op De Beeck
Cinematographer 
Niels van Koevorden
Sound 
Michel Schöpping, Luuk Hoogstraten, Claas Meier
Set 
Elsje de Bruin, Danielle Schilling
Production 
Submarine Film
Coproduction 
Lunanime
Distribution 
September Film Distribution
Biography

Sabine Lubbe Bakker is a Dutch director born in 1978. She was raised in Antwerp, Belgium. After studying political sciences, she lived in Damascus for a year where she shot her first short documentaries. In 2010, after graduating, she directed her first feature-length documentary Shout which wins the Best Documentary Award at the London Film Festival. Next, she directs several documentaries for the Dutch documentary programme VPRO before shooting Ne me quitte pas (co-directed with Niels van Koevorden) which went on to win the Documentary Award at Luxembourg City Film Festival, as well as a special mention at Zagreb Dox. In 2015, she returns to LuxFilmFest as a member of the Documentary Jury. Filmed in 2020, Becoming Mona is her third feature film.

 

Niels van Koevorden was born in 1984, in the Dutch town of Tiel. At the age of three he moved to Belgium with his parents to Belgium. After living in Flanders for fourteen years, he returned to the Netherlands to further his studies at the Bernhard Lievegoed College of Liberal Arts where he first noticed his interest in documenting the life surrounding him. He started studying film at the School of Arts in Utrecht, but soon got accepted to the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, graduating as a director. He directed his first documentary, Lukomir – Six Months Off about young people leaving Sarajevo, in 2003. In 2014, his first feature film Ne me quitte pas (2013), co-directed with Sabine Lubbe Bakker, won the Documentary Award at Luxembourg City Film Festival and a special mention at Zagreb Dox. In 2015, he joined LuxFilmFest’s Documentary Jury with Sabine Lubbe Bakker. Becoming Mona (2020) is his second feature film.

Filmography
  • Sabine Lubbe Bakker
  • 2020 – Kom hier dat ik u kus (co-director)
  • 2018 – Gutmensch (short)
  • 2016 – VPRO Tegenlicht: Slapend rijk (documentary short)
  • 2016 – Icarus: De Politica (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2014 – VPRO Tegenlicht: Het waarme noorden (documentary short)
  • 2013 – Ne me quitte pas (documentary – co-director)
  • 2013 – The Making of 'Boven is het Stil' (documentary short – co-director)
  • 2010 – Shout (documentary)
  • Niels van Koevorden
  • 2020 – Kom hier dat ik u kus (co-director)
  • 2013 – Ne me quitte pas (documentary – co-director)
  • 2013 – The Making of 'Boven is het Stil' (documentary short – co-director)
  • 2012 – Ik stond erbij (documentary short)
  • 2010 – Winterslaap in Lukomir (documentary short)