Paula van der Oest

Initials P.
Member of Society of Arts


Paula van der Oest (born in 1965) is a film director and screenwriter who throughout her career has shown an exceptional ability to capture human relationships and depict them with subtlety and humour in her films and screenplays. Trained at the Dutch Film and Television Academy, Van der Oest has an impressive filmography.

Her first long film, released in 1996, was De nieuwe moeder (The New Mother). Her third long film, an ensemble comedy entitled Zus & Zo (2001), was nominated for an Academy Award, and her latest film about a Dutch nurse wrongly accused of murder, Accused (Dutch title: Lucia de B.), was on the ‘longlist’ in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Van der Oest has received two Dutch film industry awards, one for Coma (in the television drama category) and one for The Domino Effect (best director). In 2013, she was the guest of honour at the Netherlands Film Festival, a sign of the esteem with which she is held in her field. It was recently announced that she will be filming A.F.Th. van der Heijden’s autobiographical work Tonio in the coming year.