Kees Brienen plays himself in this meditative road movie in which the protagonist, on arriving in India, finds out that the friend with whom he wanted to watch an eclipse of the sun has died. Shocked and dazed, he sets out on a long journey that takes him from chaotic urban bustle to a mountain village where he finds the body of the deceased. Helped by villagers who perform the last rites and carry the body over the hills, Brienen accompanies his friend to his final resting place.
This simple story with hardly any dialogue is borne by impressions of Brienen’s state of mind and mood shots of the surroundings: from scruffy hotel rooms, bustling street life and endless roads to the serenity of the mountains, cloaked in clouds. Several encounters on the way teach him to accept the natural rhythm of life and death.
Inspired by true events, something the documentary opening shot refers to. After previous experimental work, this is Brienen's first feature.

Filmmaker
Kees Brienen
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
80’
Language
English, Dutch
Producer
René Goossens, Annemiek van Gorp, Kees Brienen
Production Company
De Productie, KINO International
Sales
De Productie
Writer
Desiree Duwel
Cinematography
Benito Strangio
Editor
Menno Boerema
Production Design
Elisa Miller
Sound Design
REC Sound
Music
Martijn van Boven
Cast
Kees Brienen
Website
http://www.deproductie.nl/films/dead-body-welcome/