A Portrait of My Queen Karo

Synopsis

My Queen Karo is the second feature of Dorothee van den Berghe. The production company Caviar asked Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes to make a making-of for the feature. The documentary combines two types of images: the more distant fixed shots and the selfshot images of Anna Franziska Jäger who plays Karo in the film. By framing the film set through her eyes we get a closer and more personal look behind the scenes of the production. The film My Queen Karo is set during the 1970s when a Belgian family moves to Amsterdam to start a new life. Ten-year-old Karo and her parents, Raven and Dalia, join a group building a new society based on the notions of free love – no walls, no rules, only love. As an only child, Karo leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. But internal conflicts in the commune, start to divide the group. Karo is torn between the love for her mother and loyalty towards her father and his ideals. She slowly realizes that nothing can stay the same forever.

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Credits

With
Anna Franziska Jäger
Image and Sound
Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes
Editing
Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes
Music
Peter Vermeersch
Sound Mixing
Adriaan De Belder
Title Design
Felix Aerts

Anna Franziska Jäger, Matthias Schoenaerts, Deborah François, Maria Kraakman, Samuel Du Chatinier, Cezanne Q. Cuypers, Ward Weemhoff, Nico Strum, Dragan Bakema, Rifka Lodeizen, Christelle Cornil, Hadewych Minis, Dorothee van den Berghe, Arielle Sleutel, Ivy Vanhaecke, Frank Van Passel, Peter De Maegd, Meikeminne Clinckspoor, Kevin Van Roy, Eddy Stevesyns, Frouke Van Gheluwe, Bernadette Corstens, Daphne Zwanenberg, KASK, Henk Vandekerkhove, Elias Grootaers, Johan Opstaele, Agnes De Man, Felix Aerts, Max Pinckers, Marie Claes, Bart Claes, Rosanne Claes, Maria Antonia De Keersmaeker, Birgitta Seghers, Michel Rochette, Ilona Rochette, Helena Rochette

Commissioned and produced by Caviar