Camiel Zwart is a Dutch film director, screenwriter and editor who is widely recognized for his work on the Dutch independent films, The Last Days of Emma Blank, The Little One and Acuna Boy.
Born in 1968 in the Netherlands, Zwart began his career in the early 1990s as an editor for the Dutch television station, NOS. He also worked as an editor for the Dutch film production company, Lumière Film, where he edited several feature films and television programs. In 1997, Zwart made his directorial debut with the short film, The Last Days of Emma Blank. The film premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, where it won the Prix UIP award.
In 2004, Zwart directed his first feature film, The Little One. The film follows a young girl who is forced to confront the dark secrets of her family’s past after her father dies. The film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, where it won the Tiger Award for Best Feature Film. It went on to be nominated for several other awards, including the Grand Prix at the Brussels International Film Festival.
In 2007, Zwart directed his second feature film, Acuna Boy. The film follows a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in Acuna, Mexico, after his parents’ death. The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won the Best Film Award. It was also nominated for the Grand Prix at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Throughout his career, Zwart has continued to make short films and documentaries, including The Love I Deserve (2004), The Painter of Jalouzi (2006) and The Last Song of the Whales (2010). In addition to his work in film, Zwart has also directed several music videos, including “Gooi de liefde” by Anneke van Giersbergen (2006), “Hands Up” by The Opposites (2009) and “A Night Like This” by Caro Emerald (2011).
Today, Camiel Zwart is considered one of the most respected Dutch filmmakers. His work has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, and he continues to make films that explore the complexities of human relationships and emotions.