Stijn Coninx is a Belgian writer and director best known for the movie Koko Flanel (1990), one of the most successful Flemish films ever and Daens (1992) that was nominated for the Oscars. He has also directed several television series, including Het Peulengaleis, the story of a fishing family from Heist, based on the book by Joseph Vantorre De Kavijaks. In 2008, Stijn Coninx wrote and directed Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) with Cécile de France as the leading actress. In 2013 came the release of Marina, which follows the singer Rocco Granata, a son of a mining familly emigrated from Italy. His last film, Ay! Ay! Ramon, a humorous fiction depicting Santa Claus's adventures in a fantasised Spain, was released in Belgium in October 2015.