Meltse Van Coillie

Writer-director

Flanders, Belgium

Meltse Van Coillie (1992) is a Belgian director with a background in documentary filmmaking. In 2018 she graduated from KASK, School of Arts in Ghent with the hybrid short film ELEPHANTFISH. This graduation film screened at numerous international film festivals and received a Wildcard from the Flemish Film Fund. The awarded production budget resulted in a second short, ZONDER MEER, which had its international premiere at Berlinale in 2021. Afterwards, it travelled the international festival circuit and received many awards, including the Grand Prix at Encounters. Currently she is developing another short called NOCTURNUS, shot during the polar night in Greenland in January 2022. Set in the same arena, she is writing a first feature film with the working title TORPOR.

Project

Torpor

During a scientific study in the Arctic Ocean, expedition doctor Noor (52) encounters a curious phenomenon. Drifting along with the growing icemass, the expedition crew stumbles upon a village where the inhabitants spend the month-long polar night in hibernation. Eager to unravel the mystery, Noor delves into the matter to be the first to describe the first discovery of human torpor. But when she finally understands what goes on beyond the closed eyelids of her precious research subjects, her scientific curiosity turns into a personal obsession for the unconscious inhabitants. Slowly but surely she let’s go of her own ambitions as a scientist and develops a longing to become one of them.