Belgian filmmaker Marion Hänsel began her career as an actress. After studying acting in some of the finest performance schools in the Western world, she attended the French Circus School then continued training in France as a mime artist. Haensel studied drama in Brussels, and finally, she took classes at the Lee Strasberg Actor's Studio in New York. In 1977, Hänsel began producing and directing films after spending many years as an actress. Over the next 10 years, she made 3 features, all of which were based on novels.