Three Films by Nouchka van Brakel

Three Films by Nouchka van Brakel

3 Episodes

An unsung feminist trailblazer, Nouchka van Brakel made some of the most subversive and fearlessly compassionate Dutch films of the 1970s and ’80s. Each dealing with resilient women who defy the pressures of a patriarchal society in their quests for self-actualization, these newly restored films—including the landmark lesbian love story A WOMAN LIKE EVE, one of the first major films to offer a positive portrayal of queer romance—are ripe for rediscovery.

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Three Films by Nouchka van Brakel
  • The Debut

    Episode 1

    Directed by Nouchka van Brakel • 1977 • Netherlands
    Starring Marina de Graaf, Gerard Cox, Pleuni Touw

    This forbidden-love story was the first full-length feature from trailblazing Dutch filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. Following the theme of Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA and Michael Powell’s AGE OF CONS...

  • A Woman Like Eve

    Episode 2

    Directed by Nouchka van Brakel • 1979 • Netherlands
    Starring Monique van de Ven, Maria Schneider, Marijke Merckens

    Acclaimed actors Monique van de Ven and Maria Schneider star in this groundbreaking work of lesbian cinema, in which a married woman embarks on an affair with another woman, with th...

  • The Cool Lakes of Death

    Episode 3

    Directed by Nouchka van Brakel • 1982 • Netherlands
    Starring Renée Soutendijk, Derek de Lint, Huub Stapel

    Based on a novel by Frederik van Eeden, THE COOL LAKES OF DEATH is the magnum opus of filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. This celebrated Dutch masterpiece is a historic melodrama featuring an out...