Jessica Woodworth is a Belgian-American film director and screenwriter. She is known for KHADAK (2006), ALTIPLANO (2009), LA CINQUIÈME SAISON (2012), KING OF THE BELGIANS (2016) and THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR (2019). These films were screened in over 350 festivals including Venice, Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and won over 70 awards including the Lion of the Future in Venice for KHADAK. Her new film LUKA (2023) premiered at the Big Screen Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Luka, a young and ambitious soldier, embeds himself in the legendary Fort Kairos where heroic warriors defend the remains of civilization. His hopes to serve as an elite sniper are crushed when he is assigned to maintenance and must submit to the code of Kairos: obedience-endurance-sacrifice. As he rises through the ranks, Luka finds joy and strength in friendships with Konstantin, an enigmatic radar engineer, and Geronimo, a light-hearted private.
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