Herberg van het geheugen
"That's life, it can’t be helped", says Kees Hin, one of Holland’s most idiosyncratic filmmakers, who regards the world as a stage. Starting with shoes from the war and countless reels of film, he discusses his motivations with Barbara den Uyl. For him, film is primarily an attempt to get to know people.
Kees Hin (1936) made his first documentary fifty years ago. Since then he has emerged as one of the Netherlands’ most productive filmmakers, with a large and above all characteristic oeuvre in which the boundaries between documentary and fiction, poetry and theatre often fade. His films are always about people and the strange capriciousness of life. He simply calls them encounters. This time he is himself the subject of such an encounter.
Barbara den Uyl learnt a lot from a workshop she once took under Hin. Now she looks him up in his study and accompanies him to the depot of the Netherlands Film Museum EYE in Vijfhuizen, where Hin’s film reels are stored. Using striking excerpts - some playful, some gripping - Hin explains how he works. How he captured the smile of his friends, how the war formed his conscience and how film is magic for him in some way. If you remain true to your imagination, you can go far, he says.