Director and Writer

MURIEL D'ANSEMBOURG lived in New York and Amsterdam before moving to London for her Masters in Filmmaking at the London Film School. She studied Screenwriting in The Netherlands and graduated with distinction for Directing at the London Film School. The short films she wrote and directed during her studies won 26 awards and have been screened at over 200 film festivals world-wide.

Her graduation film GOOD NIGHT was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2013 British Academy Film Awards and received a theatrical release within the UK, Germany and Russia. Positive reviews and recognition for her work has come from the likes of The Guardian, The Observer, Little White Lies and Time Out, calling her work "A standout film", "Unnerving yet transfixing", "Confident directing and astonishing performances” and “A provocative and sensual drama". She was noted as “One To Watch” by Moviescope and Creative Skillset and received mentorship from the Oscar winning director Pawel Pawlikovsky (Ida, Cold War, My Summer of Love).

GOOD NIGHT picked up several awards including a Jury Award at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Best Director at the ECU – European Independent Film Festival, the Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival and the Aust-Agder Award at the Norwegian Short Film Festival. Her previous film, PLAY, received a string of awards and was Officially Selected for numerous international film festivals.

After her time at filmschool she started developing her debut feature TRULY NAKED which was selected for the Binger Writers Lab 2014/2015 where she worked on the screenplay under the guidance of script consultant Franz Rodenkirchen.

She is currently casting for TRULY NAKED with casting director Des Hamilton (JoJo Rabbit, Morvern Callar, Bronson, High Life, Red Road, Nymphomaniac, Only God Forgives). The film is set in the UK and produced by Isabella Films (Els Vandevorst and Isabella Depeweg). Els Vandevorst is known for her work with directors such as Lars von Trier, Alexander Sokurov, Thomas Vinterberg, Martin Koolhoven and Brian De Palma.

Next to her work as a writer and director Muriel has been a guest speaker and panel member at various institutions including BAFTA, BFI, National Youth Film Academy and Goldsmith University of London, as well as a jury member at several international film festivals.


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