Ma mère et moi

My Mother and I
Kees, 17 years old, can’t wait to leave her home and head for France. Only her mother doesn’t really seem ready for the cutting of the umbilical cord. The joint road trip into the new life of the teenager develops into an emotional tour de force, especially for Kees. A mother-daughter relationship that is as intense as it is complex, which Emma Branderhorst tells with an eye sensitive towards the ambivalent feelings of her characters.
by Emma Branderhorst
with Celeste Holsheimer, Hannah van Lunteren
Netherlands 2023 English, French, Dutch 19’ Colour World premiere | Festival distribution: Kapitein Kort<br/> recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Celeste Holsheimer (Kees)
  • Hannah van Lunteren (Lois)


Director Emma Branderhorst
Screenplay Nena van Driel based on an idea by Emma Branderhorst
Cinematography Daan Bukman
Editing Tessel de Vries
Music Jorrit Kleijnen, Jacob Meijer
Sound Gijs Domen
Production Design Fenna Stapel
Costumes Vita Mees, Lisa Scheffer
Casting Josephine Moen, Lara Toorop
Assistant Director Bo van der Meer
Production Manager Annely Valk
Producers Maaike Neve, Joram Willink, Piet-Harm Sterk

Additional information

Festival distribution: Kapitein Kort

Emma Branderhorst

Born in the Netherlands in 1995, she graduated with a degree in directing from the University of the Arts Utrecht in 2019. She has worked as an assistant director and casting director for various large Dutch film production companies. Her short film Onderhuids premiered in the 2020 Berlinale Generation. She is fascinated by the topics of youth and growing up from a female perspective. She is currently developing several films as well as directing commercials.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Femme 2019 Onderhuids (Under the Skin) 2021 Vlekkeloos (Spotless) 2023 Ma mère et moi (My Mother and I)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023