PROJECT SUMMARY

Production

Pieter van Huystee Film / Pippaciné
Noordermarkt 37-39, 1015 NA Amsterdam
Tel: 020 421 0606 / Fax: 020 638 6255
info@pvhfilm.nl 

Language
English

Genre
Documentary (mp4 / mobile phone camera)

Running time 
53 minutes

With 
Sandrine Correa, Efitayo Akousa and Steve Smith

Director 
Boris Gerrets

Director of Photography, sound, editor 
Boris Gerrets

Producer
Pieter van Huystee

This film is supported by 
The Netherlands Film Fund, Guy Brett, Fund BKVB

World premiere 
November 18th 2010, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

World sales and Festival requests
Taskovski Films, phone: +38 766 155 194, festivals@taskovskifilms.com

Publicity
Curien Kroon / Pieter van Huystee Film
Phone: +31 20 421 0606
curien@pvhfilm.nl
 

People I Could Have Been And Maybe Am

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF PEOPLE I COULD HAVE BEEN AND MAYBE AM

What would it be like, to enter into the life of a complete stranger?

People I Could Have Been And Maybe Am evolved from two chance encounters in the streets of London. Its protagonists are Sandrine, an attractive young woman from Brazil on a mission to find a husband, Steve, a seasoned beggar, whose life is a continuous struggle with drug addiction and Precious, a poet who became Steve's girlfriend. The stories of these three characters emerge from the coarse anonymity of the city, and were shot entirely on a mobile phone camera. The filmmaker mostly remains off-screen while he struggles to determine his own role between observer and participant. Originally begun as a documentary project, the film soon developed its own distinct dynamic where the confines between fact and fiction became blurred. Questions arise. Questions about the relationship between filmed and filmmaker and about real and imagined realities. There is a paradoxical sense of failure: the closer he gets to his subjects, the more the obstruction of his camera seemed to distance him from them. Yet ultimately, and perhaps unexpectedly, People... reveals a personal, humane and fragile space that only came into existence precisely because it had been filmed.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE
 

There was no script. Only a vague idea of a film as an attempt to break through the wall of anonymity we all know so well when we travel through the city. This film would be like a social space, a place of encounter. But meeting someone among a city crowd is hard and the camera is a particularly uncompromising intruder. In retrospect, it wasn’t surprising that the people I finally met were in various ways outsiders, homeless drifters through the urban space, a bit like myself. It led to a film that was mostly shot in transient places: the street, taxis, hotel rooms, coffeeshops.

Filming creates one moment while it destroys another one. That is the paradox that defines cinemas’ relationship to reality. This became apparent to me in the continuous negotiation between different interests, between me and my camera, my subjects and our emerging friendships. To my protagonists it was clear early in the process that they where my actors whose real life extended into the space created by the film. While they were living their life in the first person, I was filming their second persona, the one that pertains to the space of the cinematic narrative. This included myself, which is what made things complicated at times.

There is darkness in the film, cinematic darkness. In other words, how the camera records the absence of light - in this case, the mobile phone camera with its rough, grainy images. Inside that darkness resonates my own feeling of the city, its yearning, its mysteries and secrets. There is another layer in the film, embodied by anonymous phone conversations. They represent the collective voice of the city, bouncing about in a virtual and electronic dome that stretches over its skyline.

Click here for an interview with Boris Gerrets

AWARDS and NOMINATIONS

 
Festival dei Populi 2011
BEST ETHNO-ANTROPOLOGICAL FILM (Targa Gianpaolo Paoli)
Florence, Italy

A Man's Shadow Film Festival 2011
AUDIENCE AWARD
New Caledonia

NFF Nederlands Film Festival 2011
GOLDEN CALF NOMINATION
Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dokufest 2011
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY,
Prizren, Kosovo

Pärnu Documenary Film Festival 2011
MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Pärnu, Estonia

Open City, The London Documentary Festival 2011
TIME OUT BEST CITY FILM AWARD
London, United Kingdom

Beldocs 2011
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS AWARD (FIPRESCI)
Belgrade, Serbia

Hot Docs 2011
HOT DOCS HONOURABLE MENTION for Mid-Length Documentary
Toronto, Canada

Visions du Réel 2011
BEST DIRECTION FOR MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Nyon, Switzerland

International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA) 2010
NTR IDFA AWARD FOR BEST MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


PRESSKIT

Klik hier om de presskit te downloaden

Click here for the review in DOX Magazine (summer 2011)


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