Documentary filmmaker Loes Janssen (b. 1991) likes to explore the lives and minds of other people.
In a vulnerable and unpolished way, her documentaries capture the human quest to take hold of life. In the poignant documentary Sky (2016, winner of the Inclús Barcelona: Best Short Documentary Award, among others), she steps into the world of a nine-year-old hearing-impaired protagonist. In the poetic Teledoc Campus film What Remains (2020, aired by the Dutch Public Broadcaster), material objects take on the leading role as three sisters clear out their parental home after their mother dies. Janssen takes the time to listen sensitively and make subtle observations, always paying attention to detail. “A small story often reveals a bigger story.” Her distinctly cinematic choices surprise and reflect on the inevitability of loss and its sometimes-unexpected beauty.
To Janssen, film is an art form featuring subjects close to her own experiences. After a number of short documentaries, she is now doing research in preparation for a feature-length documentary. She is also part of Next, the Playgrounds program for talent exploring the limits of the moving image in innovative ways.
In addition to her own projects, Janssen also accepts commissions for documentaries. These projects come to life in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Tamino Parren under the name Vis Film. They see their challenge as seducing clients visually with a portrait that has not been staged, resulting in original stories about people who reveal themselves.
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