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Resurrection

Resurrection

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Belgian director Kristof Hoornaert has already garnered a reputation on the short film circuit for his stark yet exceptional films. His very first short film "Kaïn" (2009) was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, while the shocking yet compelling "Empire" (2015) was shown at numerous festivals around the world, including Sleepwalkers. Now the director makes his feature film debut with a measured and precise piece of work that shows a command of the language of cinema.

An old man, who practically lives as a hermit, comes across a young man lying naked out in the woods. Even though the young man refuses to speak, the old man takes him into his home and a strange bond begins to form between the two. But a visit from the police reveals that the young man has killed somebody. Now the old man must make a decision of what to do with the murderer in his midst.

"Resurrection" is a sparse meditation on the nature of forgiveness and a reflection of the cruelty inherent in the modern world. Eschewing both excessive dialogue and melodrama, Hoornaert elegantly juxtaposes the simple beauty and sometimes indifference of the natural world, with the complex ethics of human behaviour and understanding. While both protagonists often seem dwarfed by their surroundings, their internal struggles fill the vast empty spaces as they reflect on where their lives have led them.

Utilising many long takes and wide shots, the cinematography by Lithuanian Rimvydas Leipus - known for his work on films by Sharunas Bartas – is often stunning, displaying a patient and painterly reverence for the world both our protagonists inhabit.

Contemplative and beautiful, this is a cinematic parable that confirms Hoornaert as a major talent.

 Laurence Boyce

Kristof Hoornaert

(b. 1980, West-Flanders, Belgium) studied Audiovisual Arts in Ghent and Brussels. In 2006 he started working as a freelance director on several corporate films, publicity and commercials for various companies.

In 2009, his first short film "Kaïn" premiered in the official competition of the Berlinale, where it got nominated for the Golden Bear. In 2012, he edited the short film "Nuclear Waste"  by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), which premiered in the official competition of the Locarno FF, where it won the Silver Leopard. The film got also nominated for the European Film Award 2013. In 2015, his third short film "Empire"  premiered in the world competition of the Montreal FF and got in the official selection of the London FF and Gent FF. Furthermore the film was selected in film festivals in Tallinn, Vilnius, Busan, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, Helsinki etc. "Resurrection" is his first full-length feature. 

Filmography

  • Resurrection (2017)

Schedule

27.11.2017
21:00 - 23:20
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 111002
Guests (5)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Kristof Hoornaert, Cast Johan Leysen, Producer Geoffrey Enthoven, Producer Mariano Vanhoof, Cast Gilles de Schryver
28.11.2017
17:15 - 19:25
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 120305
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Kristof Hoornaert, Producer Geoffrey Enthoven, Producer Mariano Vanhoof, Cast Gilles de Schryver
30.11.2017
19:00 - 20:50
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 141802
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Country: Belgium
Year: 2017
Duration: 110 minutes
Language: Dutch
Director: Kristof Hoornaert
Producers: Geoffrey Enthoven, Mariano Vanhoof
Writer: Kristof Hoornaert
DOP: Rimvydas Leipus
Montage: David Verdurme
Cast: Johan Leysen, Kris Cuppens, Gilles De Schryver, Thomas Ryckewaert
Production: Fobic Films

Synopsis

Director

Belgian director Kristof Hoornaert has already garnered a reputation on the short film circuit for his stark yet exceptional films. His very first short film "Kaïn" (2009) was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, while the shocking yet compelling "Empire" (2015) was shown at numerous festivals around the world, including Sleepwalkers. Now the director makes his feature film debut with a measured and precise piece of work that shows a command of the language of cinema.

An old man, who practically lives as a hermit, comes across a young man lying naked out in the woods. Even though the young man refuses to speak, the old man takes him into his home and a strange bond begins to form between the two. But a visit from the police reveals that the young man has killed somebody. Now the old man must make a decision of what to do with the murderer in his midst.

"Resurrection" is a sparse meditation on the nature of forgiveness and a reflection of the cruelty inherent in the modern world. Eschewing both excessive dialogue and melodrama, Hoornaert elegantly juxtaposes the simple beauty and sometimes indifference of the natural world, with the complex ethics of human behaviour and understanding. While both protagonists often seem dwarfed by their surroundings, their internal struggles fill the vast empty spaces as they reflect on where their lives have led them.

Utilising many long takes and wide shots, the cinematography by Lithuanian Rimvydas Leipus - known for his work on films by Sharunas Bartas – is often stunning, displaying a patient and painterly reverence for the world both our protagonists inhabit.

Contemplative and beautiful, this is a cinematic parable that confirms Hoornaert as a major talent.

 Laurence Boyce

Kristof Hoornaert

(b. 1980, West-Flanders, Belgium) studied Audiovisual Arts in Ghent and Brussels. In 2006 he started working as a freelance director on several corporate films, publicity and commercials for various companies.

In 2009, his first short film "Kaïn" premiered in the official competition of the Berlinale, where it got nominated for the Golden Bear. In 2012, he edited the short film "Nuclear Waste"  by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), which premiered in the official competition of the Locarno FF, where it won the Silver Leopard. The film got also nominated for the European Film Award 2013. In 2015, his third short film "Empire"  premiered in the world competition of the Montreal FF and got in the official selection of the London FF and Gent FF. Furthermore the film was selected in film festivals in Tallinn, Vilnius, Busan, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, Helsinki etc. "Resurrection" is his first full-length feature. 

Filmography

  • Resurrection (2017)
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