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KOEN MORTIER

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KOEN MORTIER

After being location hunter and location manager, grip, sound editor, assistant director and many other things in cinema Koen decided that directing was maybe the most easy job to make a living in the film business. At the age of thirty he started making short films of which “A Hard Days Work” won several international prizes.

In 1999 he established Czar in Brussels with fellow director Joe Vanhoutteghem. In no time the company was one of the most creative in Europe because the emphasis of Czar is on the directors. They were, and still are, the driving force behind the company.

Koen directed many remarkable commercials and was chosen best commercial director in several countries, for example Belgium for Orange and TNT, Holland for RVS, Italy for Leroy Merlin and Germany for Hornbach. He won numerous international awards. His TNT commercial ‘Push To Add Drama’ even reeled in more than 50 statues.

Meanwhile Koen started to direct feature films of which his first, ‘Ex Drummer’ (2007) premiered at the Rotterdam and the Toronto International Film Festivals. The film won awards at Fantasia Film Festival, Raindance and the Warsaw International Film Festival. His next film ’22nd of May’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won awards at the Leeds, Mexico and Baghdad International Film Festivals. He is currently preparing his next feature film ‘Angel’.

Under the alias Lionel Goldstein, he directs absurd films with his friend and fellow director Joe Vanhoutteghem. They were awarded many times for their work and won at least eight Lions at Cannes.