Director: Stefanie Kolk
Country: Netherlands

German Premiere
2023 | 96 min. | Dutch
Subtitles: English, German
FSK | Nicht geprüft / No clearance (18+)

Cast_ Frieda Barnhard, Aleksej Ovsiannikov, Ruth Sahertian, Jules Elting, Murat Toker Screenplay_ Stefanie Kolk, Nena van Driel Camera_ Emo Weemhoff Producer_ Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit Rights_ Bendita Film Sales

The death of a baby and the grieving process after such a heavy loss. Minimalist, dignified and profoundly moving.

Shortly after Robin delivers her baby stillborn, her breasts begin to produce milk. Unable to bring herself to throw it away, Robin decides to donate the milk. But this is more difficult than she first assumed. And thus her refrigerator gradually fills up with more and more bottles of the white liquid. For Robin, however, donating the milk is closely linked to her grief for her lost child. Because the pain won’t let her go, she decides to take part in regular silent walks in the woods. These give her, as well as the film, structure and support. - With an impressively clear, almost minimalist visual language, ›Melk‹ tells the story of a difficult loss and the long aftermath. For all its urgency, the drama always maintains a dignified and respectful distance from the suffering of its characters. This is precisely what makes it a experience which gets under your skin.


Director Stefanie Kolk lives in Amsterdam. Three of her shorts, including her graduation film at the Netherlands Film Academy, premiered in Locarno. Her films have also been shown worldwide at festivals, in Dutch cinemas and on television. ›Melk‹ is her debut feature.



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