Like a curse – I agree to carry my whole life


Far from art galleries, the story of King begins in the Parisian banlieue. Today he is recognized as a ceramic artist, but at what price?

Bio | Filmography


Maria Lena Koen, Director

Maria Lena Koen is a Swiss-Dutch artist and director based in Lucerne. After studies in the hotel sector, she decided to focus on film. In 2021, she graduates from the University of Lucerne – Design & Art (HSLU) with a BA in film. She grew up in the Centovalli valleys and on the Dutch seas, where she got to know a different way of life. This connection with nature has contributed to develop a sensitivity that she uses to get in touch with people and better understand their relationship with society. Maria Lena works on different projects in the fields of film and photography.

Filmography (selection)

Like a curse, doc, 2023 (in development)
Cosmic Liz and Ivy Rose, doc, 2021


Chute primé à Locarno

• Pardino d'Oro | Pardi di Domani


• est sélectionné au programme Alliance 4 Development du Festival de Locarno 2021

Menschenskind !

• Sélections Officielles à Visions du Réel & DOK.fest Münich


• Sélection au Torino Script Lab 2020


• Sélections au Village de Coproductions des Arcs 2019 & Atelier Grand Nord 2020

Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination aux European Film Awards

Tempête Silencieuse primé à Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

Sœurs Jarariju distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury International

Putin's Witnesses

• Sélection Officielle au TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire à Karlovy Vary

Je fais où tu me dis distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury des Jeunes