De waarneming

Frank Scheffer

An intense portrait of the painter Robert Zandvliet that moves through his studio and his head. While the artist explains what interests him about a painting, we see him at work: mixing paints, stretching canvas, trying out different brushes, but above all being concentrated and busy at length.


Painter Robert Zandvliet is one of the world’s best of his generation. At the age of 45, as a mid-career artist, he has reached a point for reflection. He has held up art history to the light and is trying to redefine himself. His depictions are becoming increasingly bare, so that only archetypical forms remain. As he says himself, he wants to "break through my own deftness... in order to reach the core of the image".
He says it on the soundtrack while Frank Scheffer’s camera follows him in his studio. Perception is set in two internal spaces: the head of the artist and the place where he realises his ideas. Scheffer follows his subject closely in order to show what cannot be said. Occasionally he zooms out to briefly show Zandvliet’s large canvases. They are often close-ups, of hands, a mouth, the artist's eyes, radiating an obsessive concentration. Because that is what painting is about, above all: looking. Winner KNF Award 2016.


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Filmmaker
Frank Scheffer
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
55
Language
Dutch, German
Producer
René Mendel, Jia Zhao
Production Company
Interakt, Silk Road Film Salon
Sales
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Writer
Frank Scheffer
Cinematography
Wiro Felix, Benito Strangio, Frank Scheffer, Joewi Verhoeven
Editor
Dawood Hilmandi, Frank Scheffer
Sound Design
Mark Glynne
Music
Ernst Reijseger