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Alex van Warmerdam (born 14 August 1952) is a Dutch screenwriter, film director, and actor. He is also a painter.

Alex van Warmerdam
Born (1952-08-14) 14 August 1952 (age 66)
Occupationwriter, film director, actor
Spouse(s)Annet Malherbe
ChildrenMees, Houk


Life and careerEdit

Van Warmerdam was born in Haarlem, a city in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. He was cofounder of the theatre group Hauser Orkater (which later became the musictheatre group Orkater). In 1980 he founded the theatre group De Mexicaanse Hond (The Mexican Dog), together with his brother Marc van Warmerdam. This is the name under which all the shows since 1989 have been released.

He made his first feature film in 1986: Abel. He plays parts in all of his own movies, except Grimm (film).

Alex van Warmerdam is married to Dutch actress Annet Malherbe, who plays parts in most of his films and mostly also functions as a casting director. Their son Mees is a musician and has performed in various shows by theatre group De Mexicaanse Hond.

He won the Nederlands-Vlaamse Toneelschrijfprijs in 1990 and the Taalunie Toneelschrijfprijs in 2011.

His 2013 film Borgman was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Short films and TV filmsEdit

  • Adelbert (1977) (short film) (as an actor)[2]
  • Entree Brussels (1978) (short film) (as a writer)[3]
  • Striptease (1979) (short film) (as a writer)
  • Zie De Mannen Vallen (1980) (TV film)
  • Graniet (1982) (TV film)
  • De Stedeling (1984) (short film)

Feature filmsEdit

Date Title Writer Director Actor
1986 Abel a.k.a. Voyeur[4]  N  N  N
1992 The Northerners  N  N  N
1996 The Dress  N  N  N
1998 Little Tony  N  N  N
2003 Grimm  N  N
2006 Waiter  N  N  N
2009 The Last Days of Emma Blank  N  N  N
2012 Black Out  N
2013 Borgman  N  N  N
2015 Schneider vs. Bax  N  N  N


  1. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Alex van Warmerdam". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Alex van Warmerdam". Graniet Film. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2006.
  4. ^ Abel (Voyeur) at Rotten Tomatoes

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