Sacha Polak is a Dutch director and screenwriter.
Her latest feature Zurich premiered at the Berlinale this year, where it won the CICAE Art Cinema Award. View Zurich trailer below.
She will next direct her first English language feature, Mirror Productions’ Vita and Virginia, about the love affair between Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. Eileen Atkins wrote the screenplay based on her play of the same name. Read more here and here.
Hemel, Sacha’s debut feature film, premiered in 2012 at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the FIPRESCI Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics. Hemel was critically acclaimed, with Variety noting that Sacha was “a name to watch”. Variety went on later that year to announce Sacha as one of their Ten European Directors to Watch. View Hemel trailer below.
Sacha graduated in 2006 from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with her short film Teer which was selected for a number of international film festivals. After Teer came short films El Mourabbi (2007), Drang (2008), Under the Table (2008) and Brother, which was screened at Berlinale Generation 14plus in 2012. In 2009, she took part in the Directors’ Lab at the Binger Filmlab. In 2010, Sacha took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Sacha was selected as one of the six participants of the inaugural Berlinale Residency in 2012.
HEMEL – Official Trailer
ZURICH – clip