Eva Küpper (°1984) is a Belgian documentary filmmaker who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Gent with the award-winning documentary Whatʼs in a name. Her film studies provided a broad background in the tradition of both fiction and documentary filmmaking, which becomes apparent in the incorporation of elements of both styles in her films. The result is an intimate style that underscores the closeness and integrity she looks for in her films’ subjects.
Shortly following the release of What's in a name, she directed and filmed the 52-minute documentary 'King and Queen of Hearts' for the Belgian cultural TV network CANVAS, which was broadcast in December 2010.
In November 2011, the Soul Docs team pitched its new creative documentary project State of the Art at the IDFA Forum, which revolves around the classical ballet revival in Tajikistan.
In march 2012, Eva started working together with the German-Canadian director Thomas Wallner to write and direct Gardenia, Before the Last Curtain Falls, a feature documentary project based on the much-feted play 'Gardenia' by Alain Platel. Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion produced the film in co-production with ARTE/ZDF, Savage Film and Polar Star Films. and won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs FF 2014. Since then the film has played at over 45 film festivals worldwide and won over 8 awards, the most recent one being the Ensor for Best Documentary (i.e. the Flemish Oscars) in September 2015. The film was released in theatres in Germany and Belgium and has its international DVD-release in November 2015.
While 'Gardenia' was in post-production during most of 2013, Eva jumped on board of the filmmaker's collective Zonderling to direct a thrilling new creative documentary project for the documentary series Steenweg / A Paved Road as one of five hour long episodes in co-production with TV broadcaster Acht, and supported by the Flemish Film Fund (VAF).
Meanwhile Eva started writing on a documentary short film 'Nastasia' and is currently developing an ambitious cinematic doc feature set in Edinburgh, called 'Dark Rider'. Both of these films are produced by Serendipity Films and have received VAF funding.
Alongside her creative endeavors, Eva has been teaching audiovisual production techniques at the University of Gent since 2011. She is a board member of the Flemish Author’s Association de Auteurs and a frequent jury member on international panels and film festivals.
Documentary production company Soul Docs was founded in March 2010 and is dedicated to the international production of creative documentaries of the highest standard.
Its trademarks include the author-driven selection of unique, intimate stories which aim to portray a greater depth and insight in various aspects of the human psyche.
Since June 2013 Soul Docs is presided by the widely acclaimed editor Nico Leunen.
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