In the makers’ highly praised graduation film Onno the Oblivious, the protagonist ran through life, desperately in search of the cause of his discontent. Four years later, in the unusual Nocturne, this search has not become any less feverish. This time round it’s Alex, an ambitious debut filmmaker, who is trying to get to grips with his work. Time is pressing. Producers are becoming impatient. The crew bombard him with questions. Tonight, it’s do or die.

Torn back and forth between his project, his departed lover and his sick mother, Alex’s life increasingly resembles a ghostly, wildly poetic film noir. The pistol! The tormented look! The dramatic music! The forceful close-up! Will Alex have to choose between love or ambition, reality or art? Are we witness to an attempt to film a mind in action, seen from its interior? Or are we watching the process of creation of the film?

Filmmaker
Viktor van der Valk
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands, Belgium
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
80’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Erik Glijnis, Dries Phlypo
Production Company
A Private View, Maniak Film
Sales
Some Shorts
Writer
Viktor van der Valk, Jeroen Scholten van Aschat
Cinematography
Emo Weemhoff
Editor
Lot Rossmark
Production Design
Myrte Beltman
Sound Design
Tijn Hazen
Music
Eren Önsoy
Cast
Vincent van der Valk, Reinout Scholten van Aschat, Simone van Bennekom, Tom Dewispelaere, Bart Slegers, Rutger Weemhoff, Bien de Moor