Ava and Gabriel: a Love Story

In 1940s Curaçao, Gabriel Goedbloed, a charismatic painter, arrives from Holland to paint a mural of the Virgin Mary in St Anna’s Church, under the request of its parish priest. The colonial Antillean society proves less than tolerant towards the visitor, especially after he chooses Ava—a young, mixed-race teacher, who is engaged to be married, as his model for the Virgin Mary.


Ava and Gabriel: a Love Story (1990)


Curaçao, Netherlands


Papiamentu and Dutch, with English subtitles




Felix de Rooy

Felix de Rooy

 Felix de Rooy

Born in 1952, Felix de Rooy is a filmmaker, artist, poet, dramatist, writer and curator. He studied in the Hague and at New York University where he received an MA in Filmmaking. Ava and Gabriel: A Love Story (1990), his first film, won the prestigious Golden Calf at the Dutch Film Festival.

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