With GRIMM, van Warmerdam travels from the cold, misty northern woods of his native country to the sunnier, yet still dark, vistas of Spain in telling a post-modern fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel gone awry.

One winter’s day, Jacob and his sister Marie are left behind in the woods by their unemployed Dutch father. In his coat Jacob finds a note from his Spanish mother urging them to go to their uncle in Spain: ‘He’ll be able to help you.’ They arrive in Spain only to find that their uncle has died. Marie meets Diego, a rich surgeon, and falls in love with him.

Diego lives with his domineering sister Theresa. Marie marries Diego – yet Jacob keeps jealously trying to tear his sister away from him. His efforts are in vain and Jacob starts provoking Diego. It soon becomes clear that Jacob’s defiance won’t go unpunished…

Selected Festivals:
San Sebastian IFF
Toronto IFF
Vancouver IFF
Pusan IFF
Chicago IFF
Palm Springs IFF
Miami IFF
Bangkok IFF
Rotterdam IFF
Buenos Aires FICI
Philadelphia FF
Singapore IFF




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Writer, designer, director and actor was born on August 14, 1952 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. After attending the School of Graphic Design, he went to study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he graduated in graphic design and painting. He was co-founder of the Music-Theatre Company Hauser Orkater and in 1980 he set up De Mexicaanse Hond Theatre Company.
He made the short film DE STEDELING and after that, the feature films: ABEL (1986), which won the critic’s award at the Venice film Festival, THE NORTHENERS (1992), which won three Felix’s in 1992 for music, art direction and best film, and THE DRESS (1996), winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival, and the Dutch Film Critic’s Award. THE DRESS was sold to over 25 territories. LITTLE TONY (1998), which won the Prize of the Filmfest (Annet Malherbe) at the Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards 1998 in the categories Best Actress and Best Script. GRIMM (2003) has been screened at several festivals worldwide. His films have won awards all over the world at international film festivals. BORGMAN (2013) was selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival.



Marc van Warmerdam


Annet Malherbe
Carmelo Gómez
Elvira Mínquez
Halina Reijn
Jacob Derwig
Ulises Dumont

Additional Credits

Alex van Warmerdam
Production Company
Graniet Film
Executive Producer
Wouter Barendrecht
Executive Producer
Michael J. Werner
Tom Erisman
Art Direction
Miguel Lopez Pelegrin de Simon
Roberto Van Eijden
Annet Malherbe
Job Gosschalk
Camilla V. Isola
Stefan Kamp
Line Producer
Wim Lehnhausen