who?

Sabrina Mertens was born in 1985 in Hamburg. Mertens studied audiovisual media design in Berlin and Brandenburg, worked for Deutsche Welle TV (DW-TV) as a freelancer and began with independent filmmaking in 2011.

Sabrina Mertens is a passionate traveler and since 2012 has directed and produced numerous short video projects as part of the worldwide KINO movement (founded in Montreal in 1999 – https://www.kinomontreal.com/kinoworld).

Since 2015 Mertens studies (documentary) directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Sabrina Mertens participated in several artist residencies and was a member of the young jury at the International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg in 2020. Mertens received a screenplay grant from the Baden-Württemberg Film Fund MFG in 2021 for ZUMUTUNGEN.

Sabrina Mertens’ works deal with painful border areas of social norms and taboos, supposed self-evident facts in capitalistic society, their consequences and (utopian) deviations. Mertens draws artistic inspiration from observations, pop cultural phenomena, literature and philosophical ideas.

Mertens is interested in making inner processes visible and tangible through the cinematic medium, often combining contrasts such as slapstick with social tragedy and absurd/farcical situations with psychological or sociological questionings and positions. In addition to screenwriting, directing and video artwork, Sabrina Mertens writes short stories and song texts.

Sabrina Mertens’ films have been shown at national and international film festivals, exhibitions and curated programs. Mertens’ feature debut FELLWECHSELZEIT (TIME OF MOULTING), an episodic social horror drama, premiered 2020 at the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken and the Rotterdam International Film Festival, won the Restless Revolutions Best Film Award at the Seville European Film Festival, awarded by the FIPRESCI jury, and is released in North America since mid-2023 in arthouse cinemas and on shudder.

Sabrina Mertens was born in 1985 in Hamburg. Mertens studied audiovisual media design in Berlin and Brandenburg, worked for Deutsche Welle TV (DW-TV) as a freelancer and began with independent filmmaking in 2011. 

Mertens loves to travel and since 2012 has realized numerous short video projects as part of the worldwide KINO movement (founded in Montreal in 1999 – https://www.kinomontreal.com/kinoworld).

Since 2015 Mertens studies (documentary) directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Sabrina Mertens participated in artist residencies in Germany and Austria and was a member of the young jury at the International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg in 2020. Mertens received a screenplay grant from the Baden-Württemberg film fund (MFG) in 2021 for ZUMUTUNGEN. In addition to screenwriting, directing and video artwork, Mertens writes short stories and song texts.

Sabrina Mertens’ works deal with painful border areas of social norms and taboos, supposed self-evident facts in capitalistic society, their consequences and utopian deviations. Mertens draws artistic inspiration from observations, pop cultural phenomena, socio-political and philosophical ideas and literature. 

 

Mertens is interested in making inner processes visible and tangible through the cinematic medium, often combining contrasts such as slapstick with social tragedy and absurd aspects/farcical situations with psychological or political questionings and positions.

 

Sabrina Mertens’ films have been shown at national and international film festivals, exhibitions and curated programs. 

Mertens’ feature debut FELLWECHSELZEIT (TIME OF MOULTING), an episodic social horror family drama, premiered 2020 at the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken and the Rotterdam International Film Festival, won the Restless Revolutions Best Film Award at the Seville European Film Festival, awarded by the FIPRESCI jury, and is released in North America since mid-2023.