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Esther Rots

Esther Rots


Scriptwriter, Film Director


SeriesLab - europe Participant 2019


Esther Rots' biography:
After her first two poetic short films were selected consecutively for the Golden Palm competition in Cannes, Esther Rots' first feature film CAN GO THROUGH SKIN premiered in Forum, Berlinale, and won many awards amongst which the Fipresci, the Ingmar Bergman Award and 3 Golden Calves, the Dutch Academy Awards. Her second feature RETROSPEKT recently premiered at TIFF. Esther Rots writes, directs and edits all of her work. Together with her brother Hugo Rots, she established the film production company Rots Filmwerk in 2006.

Esther Rots' associative narration revolves mostly around the tricks of the mind; the intense difference between knowing and feeling, conscious and unconscious, the reality and illusion of the everyday, accepting feelings or shutting them out: the beautiful logic of the subconscious. Esther is able to set these indescribable and highly subjective sensations in the context of a logical story and translate them into cinematography. By being as intimate as possible with the characters, and bringing the ‘I’ perspective into the context of the cinema experience, the work is felt not told.
The book 'Take 100, The Future of Film' published by Phaidon Press is a survey featuring the most exceptional and talented emerging film directors from around the world who have been selected by 10 internationally prominent film festival directors, and includes Esther Rots, selected by Christoph Terhechte: "She is first and foremost an artist, capable of employing the means at her disposal in an assured way. (...) Her particular artistic approach (...) can be described as highly intuitive."

company profile

Rots Filmwerk was established by siblings Esther and Hugo Rots, to produce bold and outspoken films made by artists. This partnership resulted in award winning films, two of which were nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, others premiered at the Berlinale, TIFF, Venice and won a Fipresci, 5 Golden Calves and the Ingmar Bergman Award.
Dan Geesin joined forces in 2012 as a creative producer.
Rots Filmwerk is currently working a.o. on the post-production of the wildcard ‘War, save me’ by Jelmer Wristers, and on the financing of ‘Sputum’, the debut feature film by artist/musician Dan Geesin.