About Eline Flipse

Eline Flipse, Born in Wageningen (NL) at  21st of May in 1954

1972 - 1974, Sorbonne, Paris. Study French Language, Literature
1975 - 1978 Film Academy, Amsterdam
email elineflipse@gmail.com

Dutch director Eline Flipse (Broken Silence - Grand Prix Visions du Reel, Nyon 1996) Biographi – Albanian Stories, Prix Europa, Berlin 2000) (Our Newspaper- Best mid-length Documentary at Hot Docs, Toronto, 2010) in 2005 established the production company Elifli Film, from which she produces her own documentaries.

She repeatedly paints beautifully subtle portraits of powerful personalities, with warmth and humour. In a strong visual language she evokes a mood that you will feel for a long time afterwards.


When it comes to the art of survival, it appears man is not indestructible. Everyone looks for and finds the force to face the future whatever it costs. That has been the guiding principle for the last two decades in the films of Eline Flipse. Whether it was the young homosexual Russian pianist Yuri Egorov who had to flee his country, or the five Chinese composers of Broken Silence, who lived through the Cultural Revolution in captivity, all these broken characters recovered from all hardships. And even more than that: the opposition had strengthened their willpower even more.

Rudie Kagie for weekly Vrij Nederland
about Biografii, Albanian Stories

Some people wonder what exactly you find out about Albania. But for a history lesson you should make a different kind of film. For example with comment, BBC style. I want to make documentaries in which I can take the audience along with me, to tell a different story, at a deeper level. I think you can explain things, not by talking too much, but by creating an atmosphere, from which you can’t escape.
I do hope that people remember my protagonists better than any political explanation about Albania could ever could...

Eline Flipse, personal statement about Biografii, Albanian Stories