Protagonists in THE SECRET ROOM are:
EUGENIO BARBA, founder of Odin Teatret
JANICA DRAISMA, filmmaker
The main actors of Odin Teatret also play an important role, all of which have been part of the company for many decades:
Kai Bredholt (Danish)
Else Marie Laukvik (Norvegian)
Torgeir Wethal (Norvegian, † 2010)
Iben Nagel Rasmussen (Danish)
Tage Larsen (Danish)
Julia Varley (English)
Roberta Carreri (Italian)
Frans Winther (Danish)
Jan Ferslev (Danish)
Augusto Omolú (Brazilian, † 2013)
Three young actors who have officially joined of Odin Teatret recently will also be introduced:
Donald Kitt (Canadian)
Sofia Monsalve (Colombian)
Elena Floris (Italian)
Writer-director: Janica Draisma
Janica Draisma is a writer-director who is known for her poetic and personal films and documentaries such as BALA II (Springdance Cinema Prize), THE WONDROUS, THE SOUND OF DRUMMING (for NPS Television) and CROSSING MY LIPS (Nominated for a Golden Calf Best Short Documentary). Janica was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Zambia before coming to the Netherlands at the age of eight. She graduated from the Audiovisual Department of the Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam, after which she focused on film and mime (Decroux) in Paris, followed by a study and graduation at DasArts (Ritsaert ten Cate) and two semesters at the Binger Film Institute (Jeanne Wikler), both in Amsterdam. With discipline, perseverance and enthusiasm, Janica has gradually been developing herself into a well-equipped director who is now heading for the major projects of her career. Several of her films feature in the collection of the EYE FILM INSTITUTE and were shown at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, amongst others. Janica is currently concluding an international publication about her films and work, entitled INTO THE LIGHT which will be launched in 2015. THE SECRET ROOM is her first feature documentary.
Director of Photography: Claire Pijman
Claire Pijman graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy (NFTA) in 1990. Claire has a personal way of filming, with smooth and organic camera movements, but she also likes to be challenged and given the freedom to experiment, which can be seen in the way she filmed THE SECRET ROOM. Apart from THE SECRET ROOM, Claire was also D.O.P. for the short fiction film The Sound of Drumming (featuring Johanna ter Steege and Freerk Bos) which Janica wrote and directed, commissioned by the Dutch television (NPS - Novellen). Other films on which Claire was D.O.P. were the feature films Jermal and Good Morning Karachi ( release 2015 ). Besides doing camerawork she also directed and shot the documentaries Talking guitars and Later we care.
Second camera: Janica Draisma
Sound engineer: Piotr van Dijk
Sound technician Piotr van Dijk has a long and impressive track record. He collaborated on beautiful films such as THE VANISHING (SPOORLOOS), BLIND and EL OLVIDO, as well as O.A. and AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 CONCERTS, a new film by Heddy Honigmann. His extraordinary ear and talent for the world of sound in combination with his pleasant, gentle personality and quiet energy on the set, make him the special professional that he is. We are very pleased with his cooperation to THE SECRET ROOM.
Editor: Merel Notten
Merel is known for her refined, intuitive and daring editing style and special talent for timing and musicality, all of which will of course be applied to THE SECRET ROOM too. Merel has been compared with editors like Thelma Schoonmaker (Scorsese) and Molly Stensgaard (Lars von Trier). Merel has been collaborating with Janica on many of her other films such as THE SOUND OF DRUMMING and the successful documentary CROSSING MY LIPS (OVER MIJN LIPPEN). Other films that Merel edited are Last Conversation by Noud Heerkens, 0605 by Theo van Gogh (Nomination ‘Gouden Kalf’ for Best Editing) and Vuurzee (Dutch drama series for television).
Sound mix & Sound design: Huibert Boon – Boon & Booy
Sound mixer and sound designer Huibert Boon collaborated several times with Janica Draisma on films like THE WONDROUS, THE SOUND OF DRUMMING and ROMANCE WITH DOUBLE BASS (a film with live music).
He will also do the sound mix and sound design for THE SECRET ROOM. His personal, evocative style and the sensitive way in which he works, makes him unique in the field where film, music and sound are united.
Producer: Luís Borges - Draft Foundation
Producer Luís Borges has a business background and extensive experience in international marketing and sales, gained during his career at multinationals. He has been leading projects of Draft Foundation for several years, as producer or marketing & sales strategist, together with the team of Draft Foundation.
Draft Foundation was founded in 1995 by Janica Draisma and produced several of her films and projects. Draft Foundation has recently received an ANBI status (Institution Aimed at the Common Good).
Distributor: Rieks Hadders - Mokum Film Distributie
After a successful career at the Dutch Filmmuseum (now EYE) and belonging to the gourmets among the film-lovers, with an eye for quality, distributor Rieks Hadders gives life to special, artistically high quality movies we would otherwise never be able to see.