Stijn Coninx

21.02.1957, Neerpelt


Coninxis a Belgium director and screenplay writer. He became interested in film as a young boy through his father, a photographer, and adored Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. He studied film directing in Bruxelles, and as his graduate opus he made the documentary Servais (1980). Following this he made the short film Surfing (1982), after which he worked as an assistant director for several years. He made his first feature film, Hector in 1987. His other films include Koko flanel (1990), Daens (1993), for which he received the Joseph Plateau award for Best Director, (the Belgian equivalent of the French Cesar Award), and When the Light Comes (1998) and Verder dan de maan (2003).


Films by this director



Directed by: Stijn Coninx
PHOTOGRAPHY: Walther van den Ende

The story takes place at the end of the 19th century in the small town Aalst. Priest Adolf Daens arrives to the little town and witnesses horrible conditions in the local textile factory in which children work and are sexually exploited. Horrified by what he finds, the priest writes a newspaper article and starts a revolt by the exploited workers. However, the church does not support the priest’s intervention.

color, 138 minuta

Sister Smile

(Soeur sourire, Belgium, 2009)

Directed by: Stijn Coninx

Soeur Sourire je dirljiva priča o djevojci Jeannine, mladoj Belgijanki koja je, nakon što se zaredila, postala svjetska zvijezda hitom Dominique, nique, nique 1961. godine.

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