Berlin and Amsterdam based filmmaker Marleen Jonkman studied film at the University of Amsterdam, followed by the Dutch Film Academy and Binger Filmlab. After graduating from filmschool with the prize-winning short Daughter starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Marleen joined Czar and started directing commercials, shorts, and videoclips.
Marleen developed a personal style which shows a honest interest in people, caught in authentic and joy-filled cinematic moments. She aims to celebrate life in all aspects and to show the universal truth in everyday
While doing commercials she also was a guest teacher at the Netherlands Film Academy and directed two shorts and a single play (Dao, Everyone who means something and Near Neighbors).
Her feature film debut La Holandesa (international title Messi and Maud) world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 followed by International Film Festival Rotterdam and was nominated for Best Film and Best Actress at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2018.