Official Competition


Stefanie Kolk
Female Director First feature film 2023 96 min Netherlands
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The powerful story of a mother in mourning.

After giving birth to a stillborn child, Robin’s breasts begin to produce milk. Unable to throw it away, Robin takes the unusual decision to donate the milk. But finding someone to donate it to proves more difficult than expected, and the milk starts to clutter her freezer, her relationship, and her life.

With a clinical, realist-inspired treatment of her subject matter, Stefanie Kolk tackles a novel subject in cinema: the mourning of a stillborn child. The donation of milk proves to be a fascinating way of watching her heroine escape from suffering.


  • Frieda Barnhard
  • Aleksej Ovsiannikov
  • Ruth Sahertian


  • Stefanie Kolk
  • Nena van Driel


  • Emo Weemhoff


  • Jacob Oostra


  • Alexander Reumers


  • Lemming Film


Sunday 03 March 2024 20:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Dutch
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Tuesday 05 March 2024 20:00
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Dutch
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Thursday 07 March 2024 15:30
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Dutch
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening

Stefanie Kolk

Stefanie Kolk
Stefanie Kolk

Born in the Netherlands, Stefanie Kolk studied biophysics and lived in Japan for two years before joining the Netherlands Film Academy. Her graduation short films (Clan, Harbor and Eyes on the Road) were presented in international competition at Locarno in 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2019, she was part of the Berlinale Talents and the Talent en Route du Netherlands Film Festival. Presented at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice, Melk is her first feature film


  • Melk 2023
  • Eyes on the Road (short film) 2019
  • Harbourg (short film) 2017
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