"I got the idea for Melk when breastfeeding my daughter. The story is inspired by my sister's experience, and by the stories of parents I talked to who chose to donate their milk after losing their baby. In the film, I explore the physicality and (in)tangibility of the bond between a young woman and the unborn baby she has lost. I ask questions around grief and baby loss, the expectations around which are highly culturally informed but universally strong. Like the wordless bond between a mother and her unborn baby, the film, for me, has in a broader sense grown into a vehicle for wordless communication, which for me is still a very important aspect of how we relate to and understand one another, and has been a recurring topic throughout my filmmaking." [Stefanie Kolk]
Stefanie Kolk studied biophysics and lived in Japan for two years before entering the Netherlands Film Academy. Her graduation short Clan and shorts Harbour and latest work Eyes on the Road premiered at Locarno International Film Festival’s Pardi di Domani International Competition in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Stefanie's films have shown at festivals around the world, in Dutch cinemas and on Dutch national television. She was a participant at Berlinale Talents 2019 and a Talent en Route at the Netherlands Film Festival 2019. Her first feature film Melk was selected for Berlinale Script Station 2021.