WERK

  • 80'
  • Netherlands
  • 2015
As if the title requires any further clarification, it is also stated explicitly in the film itself: WORK ‘is about work, that is very clear.’ But the straightforwardness of this introduction is mirrored by the immense chaos of the execution. WORK is anything but a clear, straightforward argument. Rather, it is a film like a pinball machine: Van Lieshout’s mind and camera run completely free, switching effortlessly from the general to the private, the deep to the banal, from Helmond to St. Petersburg.
As a method of filmmaking, its freedom and nonchalance are enviable - or at least come across that way. ‘Don’t go sitting down and wandering off,’ the artist/cineaste says at the beginning of the film in his wonderful Brabant accent. As if he senses what is to come. Because we are then taken on a journey that meanders and confuses while at the same time (and this makes the film a truly unique experience) also gives insight into his thought and work processes. And so - via an almost miraculously circumlocutory route - the title is in fact very apt. See also The Basement in the compilation programme Personal Museum.
Director
Erik van Lieshout
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
International title
WORK
Language
Dutch
Producers
Dragan Bakema, Kuba Szutkowski
Production Company
Popov Film
Sales
Popov Film
Screenplay
Inge Hardeman, Suzanne Weenink
Cinematography
Erik van Lieshout
Editor
Core van der Hoeven
Production Design
Erik van Lieshout
Sound Design
Jaim Sahuleka
Local Distributor
Cinema Delicatessen
Website
http://www.popovfilm.nl